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Dear Manomano Herald reporter

The government is set to support more than 50,000 fish farmers to increase productivity so they can get better returns from fish value chains.

Fisheries are the fastest growing food producing sector and can be produced more efficiently and cost effectively.

The Presidential Fisheries Program will be implemented in 1,200 dams across the country and 50,000 fingerlings will be released in each dam by 2025.

Davis Marapira, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Agriculture, said participation in fish leads to the development of the country by exporting the product to the SADC regional market and other countries, thereby increasing incomes.

He said more fish ponds would be established to support people’s livelihood, adding that Manicaland was good in fish production.

Cde Marapira added that there is a need to establish more livestock systems in Manicaland.

“Manicaland is a step ahead, there are more than 200 fish farmers, they have built many fish ponds in Honde valley using natural water from the mountains. What we need to do now is to set up a lot of fish rearing system in Manicaland so that we can give a lot of fingerlings to our farmers, they have gone a step further, they are now producing their own feed in Manicaland and other provinces.

We are looking at a situation where Zimbabwe will be the main exporter of tilapia in the region.

If you go to South Africa, you will never see fish in the shops. We want to see our Zimbabwe tilapia in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana.

In Zambia, they eat more than two-thirds of their food with fish, we want to export fish to Zambia, we will be the main exporter of fish in the region and internationally.”

Dr Marapira added that the digging of 35,000 boreholes by the Government is a way to improve communities so that they can transform their livelihoods through horticulture and aquaculture.

“We will build 35,000 fish ponds. In the youth program, we will put two wells in each ward. From two wells in each ward, this means we will have another 4,000 fish ponds. DDF will also drill boreholes in every school in the country, we have about 10,000 schools, which means we have an extra 10,000 fish ponds in every school.

We will also have more than 50,000 farmers who provide the economy with fish.”

The World Food Program estimates that about 1.5 million Zimbabweans, or about 18 percent of the population, are food insecure. The nutritional value of fish can help alleviate this condition.

Aquaculture can be a turning point for Zimbabwe’s economic development through job creation for the youth. The government’s move is in line with Vision 2030, which works towards an upper-middle-income economy by 2030 after the successful completion of the Accelerated Land Reform Programme.

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