President Lungu hands over a cheque to fish cooperatives

President Edgar Lungu says there is need to empower more women during the implementation of the Presidential Fish Farming Project

President Lungu says this is because society is likely to benefit when women are empowered through cooperatives.

He said this when he addressed members of the cooperatives that have benefited from the project in Siavonga District.

The head of state said government will use the Cooperatives in Siavonga as an example of how fish farming can change the lives of ordinary people.

The two cooperatives have stocked over 116,000 fingerlings that translates into 50 metric tonnes of fish once harvested in the next six months.

A local company called Vintage Services Limited headed by its Chief Executive ofdicer, Mr. Miyanda Mulambo has been managing the project implementation with a view to make this project a sustainable business.

And Livestock and Fisheries Minister Nkandu Luo thanked President Lungu for empowering women in rural areas with resources to set up fish cages.

Earlier President Lungu held a meeting with traditional leaders in Siavonga.

During the meeting the President said government will address the historical injustice to the people who were displaced to pave way for the construction of the Kariba Dam.

He said it is sad that the affected people do not have access to electricity despite sacrifices that they made.

During the meeting Chief Simamba urged the Church and Civil Society organisations to preach peace as the country goes to the polls in 2021.

He also asked Government to work on roads and other infrastructure in the area.

The head of state is in Siavonga to Launch the Presidential Fish Farming Project.