100 households in Kasempa to benefit from aquaculture

MORE than 100 households in Mpungu ward of Kasempa District are expected to benefit from the government’s promotion of smallholder aquaculture (fish farming) to attain food security and alleviate poverty.

Kasempa acting district agricultural coordinator Gabriel Chitumbo said over the weekend that the government had released KR200,000 for the establishment of Mpungu Community Fingerling Production Centre.

Chitumbo said the project was aimed at producing fish seed (fingerlings) and that 15 fish ponds had so far been stocked with 15,000 parent stock fingerlings from the National Aquaculture Research Development Centre (Mwekera) in Kitwe.

Meanwhile, Kasempa district fisheries officer Jacob Chilembo said 52,500 fingerlings were expected to be produced and distributed to more than 100 fish farmers in Mpungu ward by August this year.