The Department of Fisheries has challenged fisheries extension officers to inspect fish hatcheries in all parts of the country to ensure quality fingerlings production.

Director of Fisheries in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock MBAMWABI MBEWE says the inspection of hatcheries is critical to the growth of the aquaculture sub sector in the country.

Mr. MBEWE says the Fisheries Act mandates fisheries extension officers to physically inspect all public and private hatcheries in line with recommended guidelines.

He was speaking at the National Aquaculture Research and Development Center in Mwekera, Kitwe, during the training workshop of 23 fisheries extension officers from Kafue, Kasama, Kitwe and Siavonga districts.

The training is supported by the 5.4 Euros Zambia Aquaculture Project, funded by the European Union.

And, Chief Aquaculture Research Officer ZYANGANI CHIRAMBO says the training of the fisheries extension officers is relevant for them to be abreast with latest technologies and innovations in the aquaculture sector.

Meanwhile, a Fisheries Technician from Siavonga WALUBITA NASILELE says the growth in aquaculture has created an increase of aquaculture experts offering bogus extension services.

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