By NATION REPORTER
MORE than K400, 000 has been set aside for the fish farming project in Luansobe ward in Mufulira to empower women and youths, Kankoyo Member of Parliament Brian Mushimba has disclosed
Mr Mushimba said he had to mobilise his personal resources to embark on a fish farming project to alleviate poverty and contribute to national development.
Mr. Mushimba who is Transport and Communication Minister, was speaking on Wednesday when he inspected 24 fish ponds in Luansobe ward which were constructed using labour from the local people.
“Instead of using labour from outside, we used local labour from this ward. We have 24 fish ponds.
We had to embark on the fish farming project because President Edgar Lungu has the passion for fish farming.
“A total of K476,000 has been budgeted for this project. If this project succeeds, it will help to alleviate poverty and empower the women and youths in the area.
I am happy that the local people are supporting this project,’’ Mr Mushimba said.
Mr Mushimba said 24 more fish ponds would be constructed to boost fish farming in the ward and other parts of the constituency.
In order to ensure steady support to fish farming, he said, a pig-rearing project would be initiated so that the faecal matter from the animals would be used as feed the fish.
“We are determined to see that this project succeeds because we are planning to start rearing pigs so that its faecal matter is used as food for the fish in the ponds,’’ he said.
He said women and youths under the project would be trained on how best to run the ponds to ensure the project was successful.
Mufulira Mayor Gift Mushinge, Luansobe ward Councillor Joseph Kampamba Chasaya and officers from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries accompanied the MP.
And speaking later, Mufulira Fisheries officer, Alpha Chilwana said his team had been supervising the construction of the fish ponds.
“The Department of Fisheries will continue to supervise from the time how the fingerlings will be put in the ponds up to the time the first harvest will be made,’’ Mr Chilwana said.