Cost of fingerlings hinders aquaculture growth

The Indaba Agricultural Policy and Research Institute (IAPRI) has cited the high cost of quality fingerlings and the lack of fish storage facilities as among factors that have hindered the quick growth of the aquaculture sector in Zambia.
Other problems that are negatively affecting the development of the aquaculture sector include high feed costs, low production and productivity as a result of limited access to credit and finance.
IAPRI research associate Thelma Kapembwa said Zambia has conducive climate conditions for aquaculture production in most parts of the country, but the sector still remains underdeveloped.
Mrs Kapembwa said there is need to come up with interventions aimed at increasing production and contributing to food and nutrition security.

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