The Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project -ZAEDP- says the country has increased fish production by 18 percent.
Project Coordinator Alexander Kefi says between 2019 and 2020, about 46 Thousand tons of fish were produced from the aquaculture sector.
Dr. Kefi says he is optimistic that as more people continue to access the project’s 29 million United States Dollars Aquaculture Seed Fund, the country will soon overcome the annual fish production deficit that was projected at 87 Thousand metric tons.
He said this after touring aquaculture enterprises owned by women in Chongwe, Ngwerere and Kafue as part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations.
Dr. Kefi said the project considers women as equal partners in development as 66 percent of the Aquaculture Seed Fund has been targeted towards women beneficiaries.
And proprietor of Mpeni Farms Joyce Tembo said government through ZAEDP has provided a platform to demonstrate women’s leadership in aquaculture.
Tembo said she has become one of the major fish suppliers and processors and is contributing significantly to the growth of the national economy.