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Chilubi gets K4m for fish production

HENRY SINYANGWE, Chilubi
GOVERNMENT has injected over K4 million capital investment in fish production and processing on Chilubi Island in Northern Province, Vice-President Inonge Wina has said.
Speaking when she handed over a K4,107,000 cheque to Kambashi Bream Fish Outgrower Society on Sunday, Mrs Wina said the project is already showing great signs of invigorating economic growth on Chilubi Island by improving fish production.
Mrs Wina, who is also Minister of Development Planning, said Kambashi Fish Bream Outgrowers Society, which is being implemented by St Francis Parish Catholic Church, is expected to create 200 direct jobs on Chilubi Island.
“The project will in this regard benefit smallholder fish farmers of which the majority are women. It is also expected that the project will help to change the perception of the local community and begin to see the island as a rich resource with investment potential that can change the lives of its people,” Mrs Wina said.
The Vice-President said the government will use the project as a best practice to show that home-grown initiatives are able to augment Government’s efforts in delivering development for the benefit of the community and the entire economy.
“Government will take keen interest in monitoring the development of this project with a view to providing timely remedial measures where challenges may be encountered,” Mrs Wina said.
She also said it is important that when benefits start accruing, an avenue for reinforcing the intervention can be explored so as to increase the spread effects in the local economy.
“Government will continue to play a supportive role in ensuring that Northern Province benefits from the various development interventions being undertaken countrywide,” Mrs Wina assured.
She said the low levels of development recorded in rural areas in the past decade in the midst of high economic growth require that Government continues to prioritise rural development in the Seventh National Development Plan, which is being developed.
Kambashi Bream Fish Outgrowers Society director Rodgers Chomba said the company currently has 15 cages of fish on Lake Bangweulu.
Mrs Wina said Government last year procured 27 dredgers at a cost of US$32.7 million.
They are meant to clear canals on the island.

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