Zambia launch $4m fisheries training programme

The Zambian Government has launched a training and entrepreneurship project worth four million dollars to improve skills in aquaculture.

All aquaculture businesses to benefit from funding

However, Fisheries and Livestock Minister, Kampamba Chewe says the training programme funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation –NORAD– will produce graduates who will provide extension services to the fisheries sub sector.

Furthermore, Mrs. Chewe says it is only through investment in human capacity and production techniques in the aquaculture sector that fish production and per capita consumption can increase in Zambia.

She adds to this in a speech read on her behalf by Fisheries and Livestock Acting Permanent Secretary Cecilia Kamanga at the Natural Resources Development College in Lusaka.

Speaking earlier World Fish Director General Dr. Gareth Johnstone said the world will face serious fish protein challenges if production in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors are not efficiently and sustainably managed.

Dr. Johnstone said there is need to increase capacity and numbers of extension workers to enhance aquaculture knowledge and skills to grow the aquaculture sector.

This was in a speech read on his behalf by World Fish Country Director Sloans Chimatiro.

Source: Joshua Jere

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