Kaoma fish farm rehab set

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THE Min­istry of Fish­eries and Live­stock has em­barked on a K150, 000 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project of Western Prov­ince’s only govern­men­towned fish farm lo­cated in Kaoma.

Kaoma District As­sis­tant Aqua­cul­ture Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cer, Cuth­bert Mu­takwa, said the ob­jec­tive of the project is to op­er­a­tionalise the prov­ince’s sole fish farm and to en­hance qual­ity fin­ger­ling pro­duc­tion.

Mr Mu­takwa said in an in­ter­view that the gov­ern­ment­fi­nanced re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the water dam at the Kaoma GRZ Fish Farm will be able to bring in water into the ponds with­out nec­es­sar­ily re­ly­ing on the breached dam.

He said that the Kaoma GRZ Fish Farm was op­er­a­tional un­til 2013 when the dam rup­tured af­ter which the Fish­eries Depart­ment started pro­duc­ing fin­ger­lings nat­u­rally in ponds which were able to marginally sus­tain the fish farm.

Mr Mu­takwa said that the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the dam on the Mahilo stream in Kaoma will re­sult in a water retic­u­la­tion sys­tem that will help ease the flow of water into the fish ponds.

He said that though the fa­cil­ity is not yet fully op­er­a­tional, the Fish­eries Depart­ment has started us­ing the fish hatch­ery unit where it is breed­ing about 5, 000 fin­ger­lings as way of test­ing its vi­a­bil­ity.

Mr Mu­takwa said that once the Kaoma GRZ Fish Farm is fully func­tion­ing, the num­ber of fin­ger­lings be­ing pro­duced will be scaled-up in line with the over­whelm­ing de­mand.

He dis­closed that Kaoma GRZ Fish Farm is the only one of its kind in Western Prov­ince and it will pro­vide fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits to over 150 fish farm­ers in the lo­cal­ity as it pro­vides nu­tri­tional ben­e­fits to the res­i­dents of Kaoma and neighbouring ar­eas.

Mr Mu­takwa said that the de­mand for fin­ger­lings is ex­pected to in­crease as the num­ber of peo­ple in­ter­ested in fish farm­ing is grow­ing, par­tic­u­larly, with the height­ened de­mand com­ing from the ad­ja­cent dis­tricts of Luampa and Nkeyema.

He said that govern­ment is tar­get­ing to fin­ish the project be­fore the rains in­ten­sify and the Fish­eries Depart­ment is, there­fore, seek­ing to com­plete the works by Novem­ber month-end af­ter which pro­duc­tiv­ity is ex­pected to be en­hanced.

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