Malawi Natural Resources Minister Tembo for aquaculture industry promotion
By Faith Mwafulirwa
MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-The minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo has emphasized the need to promote aquaculture industry which is facing numerous challenges in the country.
Tembo observes that there is also a need for reviewing the fisheries policy to enable the ministry has specialised staff in fish farming in all the district in order to promote the industry.
The minister was speaking after touring Mzuzu fish farm centre under the department of fisheries.
She said that there is need to invest more in Aqua culture in order to meet the demand which is there as fish is the main source of protein for many Malawians.
“We need nutrition and fish provides the most needed protein nutrients for the body hence the need to promote the industry.
“It is a fact that fish industry create jobs that add to the GDP of the country in the long run improve the livelihoods of the communities”, she said.
The minister was therefore impressed with 2-hectres of ponds that can produce about MK40-million yearly if is well managed.
She added that if the project can be replicated in all the district in the country there can be great improvement in the welfare of Malawians.
In his remarks the cost centre manager for Mzuzu Fish Farm Centre, David Mbamba said the minister has challenged them to start running the centre as a business so that they are able to sustain their programs.
“Aqua culture is a very viable business as from one hectare pond they are able to produce 9 tonnes of fish worth MK18 million. One can easily pay back the money invested within one production cycle”, he added.
Mzuzu fish farm centre was established in 1987 with funding from the European Union to enhance research on fish farming and to be used as demonstration for fish farmers in the northern region.
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