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Feed firm backs Zambian tilapia farmers

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A new community development project has been launched to encourage Zambia’s tilapia farmers to operate more sustainably by using quality feed and fingerlings.

The project, launched by feed producer Skretting in July, is located in the Mpulungu region in the north of Zambia. Forty-five farmers, of whom 44 percent are women, are participating.

Tilapia production in Zambia would benefit from increased access to quality fingerlings and feed

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“For a long time, farmers in Zambia have had the challenge of getting good quality fingerlings and good quality feed for farmers,” says Jurre Zaal, General Manager Skretting Zambia. “Skretting is happy to fill that gap and provide farmers with the Skretting feed and services that they need through initiatives like this community development project.”

“Quality feed, quality fingerlings and technical service will accelerate fish farming projects in the province and address some of the major challenges for fish farmers,” said Ramans Kayumu, Provincial Fisheries Officer from the Zambian Ministry of Fisheries, at the launch event.

The launch attendees included representatives from the Zambian Ministry of Fisheries and the Misanfu Research Institute as well as WorldFish and the farmers themselves. One of these was Lwao Mutale, who said "the support for small-scale farmers will enhance the production of fish in the region."

The project's participants will be preparing their ponds throughout August to be ready to stock fingerlings in September.