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    Fish farmers hail aquaculture



    WALTER MAFEKING

    MASVINGO -
    The Aquaculture fishing project has been hailed by Sekenende (Zimuto) small scale farmers in the notion that it has vividly improved the living standards of the vulnerable households in the area.
    In an interview with The Mirror, one of the beneficiaries alluded that the project enabled them to source income to pay school fees for their children as well as gaining nutrients from the fish as food.
    "The project is helping us in that we are now able to raise fees for our children. From eating fish we are also gaining nutrients which improve our health standards," said Jane Zekiya a beneficiary from the project.
    Fishing projects also harnessed the gap of poverty and unemployment rate in the area as a number of 40 members ventured into this type of farming.
     This small productive technological farming is ecologically conducive in that it allows farmers to alternatively engage in other activities such as animal husbandry.
    Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development and Member Of Parliament (MP) for Masvingo North Davis Marapira who graced the event, appreciated the farmers for embracing aquaculture production and promised to donate feeds for the pigs which are being reared at the site.
    "As I have noticed the project is promising and I thank the farmers for venturing into such type of farming. As way to support them, I am going to give to them food to feed the pigs which they are rearing here," said Marapira. 
    However, country director for Aquaculture Zimbabwe Martin Dingwa elucidated that despite the aquaculture being implemented country wide, the farmers are still facing a plethora of problems which include lack of technical experts, adequate resources to cater for the projects and failure to find a reliable market.
    "We are facing challenges with the technological experts in the notion that there are a few who have knowledge to this type of farming. The other challenge is the rising of conflicts between the farmers and other members of the community who will be complaining of the usage of water which is sourced from the river," said Dingwa.
    Binga, Beitbridge, Mwenezi and Hwange are other districts which are also practising aquaculture projects.
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