Acqua-culture sector gains ground

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Acqua-culture sector gains ground

Chipata, June 10, 2013, ZANIS….A senior officer in the ministry of agriculture and livestock

has stressed the need to promote, develop and revamp the aquaculture

industry in the country.


Joseph Chiti says the aquaculture sector has potential to make

significant contributions to the development of the agricultural

sector as it is targeted at encouraging diversification.


Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Chipata today, Mr. Chiti said this is why

there was need to encourage farmers to venture in to fishing farming

just like any other method in the agriculture industry.


Mr. Chiti who is leading a team of aquaculture research officers from

other parts of the country to eastern province disclosed that the

industry is slowly gaining ground in all parts of the country.


He explained that the researchers have embarked on a study tour of all

aqua research stations to have an on the spot check on the performance

of the stations.


Mr. Chiti stated that the team also wants to establish if the stations

are properly being utilized through their hatcheries to enhance fish

production in the country.


He noted that Zambia has six aqua stations that are currently doing

aquaculture research aimed at developing the sector.


Mr. Chiti noted that the research team is in eastern province to learn how

best the aqua-farming industry can be further developed in the country.


He said the province has less fish capturing centers but can be

developed by its hatchery producing fingerlings.


He further added that the team also wants to establish how fish

farming activities can be replicated in other areas where it is not

highly practiced.