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Fish hatchery washed away after collapse of dam

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Kaoma
THE fish hatchery in Kaoma district which supplies fingerlings to farmers in Western Province, has been washed away following the collapse of Mahilo dam.
And Vice-President Inonge Wina has since promised to dispatch a team of experts to the area as soon as possible.
Kaoma district commissioner Taundi Chiseke said the hatchery was swept away recently after the Mahilo dam wall collapsed due to heavy rains.
Mr Chiseke, speaking when Mrs Wina visited the area on Sunday, said the development was a disaster as the province depends on the nursery to increase fish production.
“Your honour, there is a disaster in Kaoma as the only dam that supplies fish to the local people has collapsed. Unfortunately, even our hatchery which was built years back has been affected,” he said.
“It’s sad to note that the nursery which provides fingerlings to the Department of Fisheries in the province has been swept clean, when Government is promoting aquaculture due to the depletion of fish in our rivers,’’ she said.
And Mr Chiseke called on the Office of the Vice-President to consider sending more relief food to the area.
He said the area, which has a population of 120, 000 people, only received 504 metric tonnes (mt) of maize from the projected 4, 309mt.
Meanwhile, Mrs Wina also visited the family of the late Patriotic Front (PF) Kaoma district secretary, Victor Kayombo.
Mr Kayombo was interred last Wednesday.


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