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Northern, Luapula farmers slowly embracing fish farming

KELLY NJOMBO, Kasama
FARMERS in Luapula and Northern provinces are slowly realising the value of fish farming as a lucrative business with potential to increase income, food security and economic growth.
Despite favourable key features such as the Luapula River, lakes Tanganyika, Bangweulu, Chila, Mweru and Mweru-wa-Ntipa, the two provinces are unable to produce as much owing to decades of indiscriminate fishing activities.
To help improve stock and the quality of fish, Government initially imposed the annual fishing ban for three months from December 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021, but the ban was extended by another three months to May 31, 2021.
According to the African Development Bank, Zambia’s fish demand is estimated at 185,000 metric tonnes per annum while local production is slightly over 100,000 metric tonnes, indicating a deficit of 85,000 tonnes.
Government has pledged to continue formulating policies and CLICK TO READ MORE




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