By Blessings Simwiinga
Vice President INONGE WINA has given the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock an ultimatum of up to 2022 to completely wipe out the fish deficit the country is experiencing.
The vice president has urged the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock to have hatcheries in all districts by 2022 in order to increase fish production in the country.
“as government we want all the district in the country to have hatcheries by 2022 so that we eliminate the fish deficit we are currently facing,” she said.
Mrs. WINA added that fish production should increase from the 36 thousand metric tonnes to 40 thousand metric tonnes by 2020 to completely eliminate the deficit.
“with the availability of water in the country we should take advantage and invest more in the fishing sector in order to produce more fish and reduce levels of malnutrition,” she explained.
The vice president urged the ministry of fisheries and livestock to work closely with the department of cooperatives under the ministry of commerce, trade and industry to boost on fish farming.
“I want you to work closely with the department of cooperatives in the ministry of commerce, trade and industry to improve fish production,” Mrs. Wina said.
She said more women should be sensitized on fish farming as it is a major and cheaper source of protein in most households in rural areas.
She said this in Kaoma district in western province when she visited Kaoma fish farm and hatcheries which is under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.
Meanwhile former Fisheries and livestock Minister KAMPAMBA CHEWE said according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Zambia has been rated number one in the sub region in aquaculture development and fish production and fifth on the African continent.
“am proud to say to say that Zambia is at number one in the sub region in terms fish production and fifth in the African continent, this is why as a ministry we have gone radical in terms of research to find suitable fish species that can easily be reared by our farmers ,” she said.