Presidential Fisheries Scheme: A hopeful development for Insiza FARD director Mr Milton Makumbe giving away fingerlings at Silalatshani Irrigation Scheme

Ashton Mutyavaviri
GOVERNMENT has continued to walk the talk on its promise not to leave anyone or place behind as the country marches towards achieving Vision 2030 with two fisheries projects being launched at Silalatshani Irrigation Scheme and Insiza Dam in Matabeleland South on Thursday.
The projects got 5 000 fingerlings each that are set to benefit the Insiza community by boosting food and nutrition security as well as employment creation.Speaking during the launch, Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Department (FARD) director in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Mr Milton Makumbe said Government was targeting to stock all fish ponds at all irrigation business units.
“This is a nationwide programme and we are going to cover all provinces. Our thrust is to leave no one and no place behind while moving towards Vision 2030. We are also looking to stock all dams to arrest the decline in fish populations in the country,” said Mr Makumbe.

FARD director Mr Milton Makumbe giving away fingerlings at Silalatshani Irrigation Scheme He urged communities to be cooperative and have their own committees that monitor the projects, adding that there must be a security team to control the fishing operations especially from dams.

Aquaculture is a turning point in Zimbabwe’s economic growth through the creation of employment for youths, said Mr Makumbe.

He discouragd communities from using mosquito nets when fishing describing it as pouching.

Mr Makumbe added that fish farming projects would improve food and nutrition security in the country.
Food security, as defined by the United Nations committee on world food security means that all people at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.

The Government’s initiative also aims to capitalise on the country’s abundant water resources and favourable climatic conditions for aquaculture.

Recently, the Government stocked 20 000 fingerlings in the 14 wards of Mutasa north in Manicaland province in line with its push to ensure no one or place is left behind in the march to achieve an upper-middle income economy by 2030.
Meanwhile, an all-smiles Silalatshani Irrigation Scheme vice chairperson Mr Absalom Tshuma took the opportunity to applaud Government’s efforts to introduce fish projects in their community.

“We want to thank the Government for the support. The project will definitely change our lives. We will be able to get money for our children to go to school. It will also improve our health through eating nutritious food,” said Mr Tshuma.
He further said the project would help recondition their irrigation kits and some other properties.


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