Fish farming initiative launched

Vulnerable communities from drought-prone Masvingo and Chivi districts in Masvingo are set to benefit from a fish farming relief programme being undertaken by Aquaculture Zimbabwe.

Programmes Officer Garikaimose Tongowona says the Integrated Agriculture Aquaculture For Sustainable Livelihoods initiative began in September 2011 and will run for the next 12 months.

Poor rural households in the two districts are marginalised by the fact that basic commodities are being sold in foreign currency, to which they have no access.

"For the rural poor, food security will require increased food production, which relies on reliable and sustainable production systems,” he said. There is a pressing need to introduce low cost freshwater aquaculture production systems to help rural communities combat poverty while at the same time conserving their environment in a sound manner.

Tongowona says most of the families are living in close proximity to perennial communal water resources which are largely underutilised.

Aquaculture Zimbabwe sees the need to develop SMEs in freshwater aquaculture and fisheries as an effective way to sustainably utilise water resources.

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