Zimbabwean Youths Applaud Govt for Fishing Licences

By George Maponga

The Zanu-PF Youth League here has applauded Government for issuing licences to young people to venture into commercial fishing saying the move had helped to stem unemployment across the province.

Government, through the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, has been issuing fishing permits to youths co-operatives among other groups, to venture into commercial fishing at Tugwi-Mukosi Dam in southern Masvingo.

So far more than 10 youth co-operatives have been licensed to venture into commercial fishing at the dam with Masvingo Minister of State Ezra Chadzamira saying Government, under the leadership of President Mnangagwa, would continue to prioritise previously marginalised groups such as youths and women in economic empowerment programmes in the province.

Zanu-PF Youth League chair Cde Brian Munyoro said they were excited about the fruits of commercial fishing on the lives of young people in the province.

Cde Munyoro said Tugwi-Mukosi fishing projects had changed the lives of many young people across the province who were grappling with unemployment.

“So far several youth co-operatives have been licensed to do commercial fishing at Tugwi-Mukosi and we are very happy with the changes that have already taken place in their lives since most of them were struggling to look after their families and make ends meet owing to unemployment.”

“We want to thank our President Cde ED Mnangagwa and the Minister of State who continue to come up with various programmes to empower youths in Masvingo in particular and the country at large.

“Fishing has changed the lives of many youths particularly those from Chivi and surrounding districts and it is our hope that more youths co-operatives will be licensed to benefit many people,” said Cde Munyoro.

He appealed to the co-operatives that were already benefiting to commercialise their operations by acquiring modern fish harvesting equipment to accrue maximum returns from their business.

Cde Munyoro said Government should also expand the fisheries project to other dams such as Lake Mutirikwi, Bangala, Manjirenji, Bindamombe, Muzhwi and Manyuchi for youths from all corners of the province to benefit.

Source The Herald

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‘Engaging youths, women in fish production will boost economy’ ON

By Elizabeth Uwandu

Dr Patricia Anyanwu, Acting Executive Director, Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, NIOMR stated that empowerment of youths and women in fish production will encourage self reliance, boost the economy and reduce the $1 billion spent yearly to import fish.

NIOMR ED, declaring the weeklong training on fish production, fish processing and fish feed production for unemployed youths and women from selected Senatorial districts in Nigeria said that the training was organised as part of the Green Initiative of President Muhammad Buhari led administration. She explained that the training was timely based on the efforts made in diversifying the economy through agriculture, and the shift in oil dependence.

Speaking to the participants, Dr Anyanwu said,

” I enjoin you as participants to make good use of the knowledge and skills being taught and shown to you through lectures and practicals on fish production and post harvest technology.

” The fisheries sector and aquaculture now occupy prominent position in the economy of Nigeria. This is because fisheries and aquaculture play major roles in employment generation; poverty alleviation; food security; and foreign exchange earning etc., especially for the rural poor.

” This is as the total demand for fish in Nigeria for 2015 was 3.26 million tonnes according to the Federal Department of Fisheries. Whereas, total domestic production in the same year was 1.027 million tonnes, part of the deficit of 2.233 million tonnes is met through import.

” Why Nigeria spend over $1 billion importing fish, our goal is to be self sufficient in fish production. As the deficit in fish production can be met through local production by engaging the youths and women in agriculture in a sustainable manner that will increase fish production and improved standard of living. ” NIOMR CEO said.

She added that part of the ways to sustain the drive for local fish production and post harvest technology was to equip participants with Starter packs.

Her words, ” As trainees after the programme you will be empowered with Starter Pack to kick start their own fish business. The Starter pack is comprised of one tank; catfish juveniles; bags of fish feed; plastic basins; one scale; one plastic sieve; 25kg bag of salt and one logbook for record keeping.

” I encourage you to use this training in increasing Nigeria’s revenue through local fish production and also improved your standard of living. Effective monitoring will be put in place and there will be provision of networking. ” Dr Anyanwu said.

Source Vanguard Nigeria