A new aquaculture input supply store has opened in Kasama in Zambia’s Northern Province, providing crucial products and services to support the country’s growing small-scale aquaculture industry.
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The store, which is owned by WorldFish partner Horizon Aquaculture, is the company’s fourth outlet in Zambia and the only dedicated aquaculture store in the Northern Province that supplies directly to small- and medium-scale farmers and offers inputs alongside technical advice and training. Inputs include quality feed and equipment such as pH meters, dissolved oxygen meters, and thermometers. Fingerlings and sein nets will also soon be available.
The store is an important step toward enhancing the linkages between the private sector and smallholder commercial fish farmers, which is one of the core aims of the Aquaculture Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training for Improved Private Sector and Smallholder Skills (AQ TEVET) project. These linkages will improve farmers’ ability to organize for better input supply and sale of their outputs as well as greater participation in other aquaculture value chain activities.
AQ TEVET is a 3.5-year, USD 2.5 million project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. It is being implemented by WorldFish through FISH in the capital Lusaka and the Northern and Luapula provinces, in partnership with the Natural Resources Development College, Musika, and Blue Planet.
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