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West­ern Province ac­counted for the small­est per­cent­age of house­holds en­gaged in fish farm­ing ac­count­ing for four per­cent of the to­tal.

“An amount of 5,763.94 met­ric tons of fish was har­vested from 1st Oc­to­ber, 2016 to the cen­sus date around end Jan­uary, 2018. The largest quan­tity of fish was pro­duced by North­ern Province, which reg­is­tered 2,160.77 met­ric tons, fol­lowed by Muchinga Province with 719.29 met­ric tons. East­ern Province recorded the low­est quan­tity of fish pro­duced with 40.74 met­ric tons,” the CSO re­port stated.

Fur­ther, the CSO dis­closed that fish farm­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as ponds, cages, dams and weirs among oth­ers were used to rear fish. And a to­tal of 7,242 fish farm­ing fa­cil­i­ties were recorded coun­try­wide. At provin­cial level, North­ern and Lua­pula prov­inces recorded the high­est num­ber of fish farm­ing fa­cil­i­ties with 2,556 and 1,140 fa­cil­i­ties re­spec­tively.

“Ponds were the most com­mon fish farm­ing fa­cil­ity ac­count­ing for 92.7 per­cent of all fa­cil­i­ties. North­ern Province had the most ponds, ac­count­ing for 36.2 per­cent of the to­tal,” CSO in­di­cated.

Only two agri­cul­tural cen­suses have been con­ducted since in­de­pen­dence. The first was done in the 1970/1971 agri­cul­tural sea­son whereas the sec­ond was un­der­taken in the 1991/1992 sea­son. Both cen­suses were un­der­taken on a large sam­ple sur­vey ba­sis us­ing sam­pling frames de­rived from the im­me­di­ate past Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus.

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