Government has challenged graduates from agricultural training institutes in the country to be entrepreneurial and not depend on government for Jobs.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister NKANDU LUO says dependence on government jobs has become a thing of the past because government has created an enabling environment where graduates can access support to start their own enterprises.
Professor LUO says through initiatives such as the 50 million United States dollars Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project (ZAEDP), government has demonstrated commitment to empower citizens economically.
Professor LUO said this at Kasaka Fisheries Training Institute in a speech read on her behalf by Fisheries and Livestock Permanent Secretary Dr BENSON MWENYA during the 20th graduation ceremony of 23 Assistant Fisheries Technicians.
Professor LUO challenged the graduates to use the skills they have acquired to create enterprises that will lead to job creation and raise their own incomes.
And Kasaka Fisheries Training Institute Principal JUSTINA KALEKANYA says her institute has continued to be a centre of excellence in producing graduates that are realising the country’s vision of becoming a middle income nation.
Ms KALEKANYA says under this year’s graduation theme ‘Economic diversification through participation of the aquaculture sub sector’ there is need for concerted efforts to grow resiliently and sustainably.
Ms KALEKANYA says the inclusion of Assistant fisheries Technicians in the aquaculture value chain is critical to the mainstream economy of the country.