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‘Treat aquaculture as business’

PHILIP CHISALU, Lusaka
IN A move to reduce poverty levels, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock through the Smallholder Agribusiness Programme Promotion (SAPP) has called on all fish farmers to treat aquaculture as a business for them to generate income and not just for home consumption.
SAPP programme manager Kwibisa Liywalii said treating aquaculture as a business requires an individual to understand that what they put in terms of investment is retained.
Mr Liywalii said the initial investment might be expensive to set up but once it is established, the business becomes profitable.
He said fish farming contributes largely to poverty reduction and growth of the economy.
“Fish farming has a great advantage since it has a ready market, also fish contributes to nutrition,”
“SAPP offers training to farmers with the recent training being conducted in Ikeleng’e district that saw 80 farmers being trained. SAPP trainings are aimed at equipping farmers with the knowledge and skill in aquaculture as a business,” he said.
He said SAPP identifies areas of need and so far two focal districts in North-western and Copperbelt have been identified.
“SAPP has trained an overall total of 817 fish farmers from November last year to early January in the two focal districts, with 436 being males while 275 are females and 106 youth representation,” Mr Liywalii said.
He said SAPP also supports fingerling producers to sustain the fish farming sector.
“The matching programme has no restriction on what type of farming one should engage in,” he said.

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