This project was initiated in 2017 and officially launched late last month. Forty five farmers in the Mpulungu region in the north of Zambia are participating in the project, 44% of which are women.
“For a long time, farmers in Zambia have had the challenge of getting good quality fingerlings and good quality feed for farmers,” said Jurre Zaal, General Manager Skretting Zambia. “Skretting is happy to fill that gap and provide farmers with the Skretting feed and services that they need through initiatives like this community development project.”
Farmers will be preparing their ponds throughout August to be ready to stock fingerlings in September.
“Quality feed, quality fingerlings and technical service will accelerate fish farming projects in the province and address some of the major challenges for fish farmers,” said Ramans Kayumu, Provincial Fisheries Officer from the Zambian Ministry of Fisheries at the launch event.
The launch attendees included representatives from the Zambian Ministry of Fisheries and the Misanfu Research Institute as well as WorldFish and of course farmers. One of these was Lwao Mutale, who said \"the support for small-scale farmers will enhance the production of fish in the region.\"