SENEGAL – The Senegalese National Agency for Agriculture (ANA) has approved a new US$219m roadmap for the development of aquaculture by 2033.

This plan will be implemented mainly with the cooperation of the American Agency for International Development (USAID).

According to Pape Sagna Mbaye, Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, the ambition is to reach an aquaculture production of 68,000 tonnes by 2032 against a stock currently hovering around 1,600 tonnes.

At the same time, the roadmap also plans to increase the local production of fingerlings to 172 million individuals per year as well as that of fish feed to 90,000 tonnes in the long term.

“With regard to socio-economic benefits, the creation of more than 50,000 new jobs in the sector is expected, compared to only 2,000 at present,” Pape Sagna noted.

In addition, as part of the plan, the authorities will put in place incentives to attract more private operators in the aquaculture sector, to set up special economic zones and to increase public-private partnerships (PPP) with a view to developing investment projects.

Government sets dam project to boost Zimbabwean fish sector

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean government has also launched various dam projects across the country in line with the current drive to promote maximum utilization of natural water bodies.

According to Deputy Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Production Department (FARD) Mr Milton Makumbe, the projected fish production from these dams is set to surpass demand by over 40 000 tonnes.

“The target is to restock dams and enable rural communities to exploit the water resources within their vicinity to create a self-sufficient and food surplus economy,” said Mr Makumbe.

“Fifty-one dams have so far been stocked out of the 1 200 by 2025 while an additional 177 dams are needed to ensure the 40 000-tonne target to cover the current deficit is met.”

Mr. Makumbe also noted that the Government is refurbishing four breeding sites in four different regions Henderson Fisheries Unit, Makoholi, Matopos and Toppick Fish Farm, to decentralize and aid in the production of quality fingerlings.

He added that the fisheries programme will also allow sustainable utilisation of natural water bodies as FARD offers training in sustainable use in line with the programme.

Recently, the Government hosted a delegation from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to discuss Pro-fish Blue Programme a regional initiative aimed at promoting sustainable development and economic growth in the fisheries sector.

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