Principal Extention and Interpretation Officer Mr Kuguyo conducting a training course
At least 200 people in Kanyemba area in Mbire district were trained about fish farming by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority through its Extention and Interpretation Department on the 13thof July this year. The Authority has been on an incessant course to see locals trained in sustainable fish farming with the objective of increasing the fisheries sector and also increase consumption of fish by Zimbabwean locals. Training took place at Majaya Business Centre and Mariga primary school.
The locals were taught on different methods of fish farming which comprised from identification of space for the construction of fish ponds, species to breed and the new cage culture fish breeding methods. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is working hand and clove with other authorities and organisation like Forestry and EMA which fall under the parent Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate. The objective of this unified approach is to enhance sustainable community projects that benefit both present and future generations.
Fish farming in Zimbabwe is a small industry with only a few commercial farms in existence, however the Authority recognizes the potential of this sleeping giant and intends to contribute to the growth of this sector through enriching local communities with knowledge on how to venture in this Agricultural sub-sector. Commercial aquaculture in the country mainly has to do with two species: Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and rainbow trout (Onchorynchus mykiss). The Authorities mandate is to reach all corners of the country and enrich locals livelihood’s through these trainings.Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Community Liaison and Extention Services Manager Mr Dangare said these trainings conducted by the authority educate locals on all stages of fish farming and fall in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
“In this national on-going project we are assisting the locals through training them on how to set up the fish ponds, the designs and correct slopes. We also support them with materials apart from the ones locally available. We train them on how to breed fish and also give them start up fingerlings, this project falls in line with the Sustainable Development Goals which aim to eradicate poverty and hunger”
Mr Dangare said the projects will go a long way in sustaining community livelihoods taking part in the initiative.
(Story by Dumisani Chihoto)