The Department of Parks and Wildlife has deposited 100 000 kapenta fish into the Tokwe-Mukosi dam in a development which will see communities living close to the dam benefitting.
The kapenta fish which were brought into Tokwe-Mukosi from Kariba dam will be closely monitored by the Department of Parks and Wildlife to assess their adaptation to the new environment.
Mr Arthur Musakwa – Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority director conservation said if this first batch thrives, more will be added gradually.
“We will be monitoring this water body to ascertain the condition of the fish, once they are fully established we will introduce sustainable methods of harvesting this fish so that the current and future generations will benefit from this fish,” he said.
Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Josiah Hungwe commended Zimparks for the initiative highlighting that it will have far reaching positive benefits for the communities.
“We thank you very much for such a good initiative which will empoer our citizens especially in and around this area. Please thank the minister on our behalf. This that you have done is far beyond, we thank you,” said Minister Hungwe.
Local traditional leader Chief Chivi echoed the same sentiments highlighting the success of the project will provide the essential protein needed by many families in the village.
The kapenta fish are expected to multiply 6 folds a year.
Officials say plans are to ensure they will not be harvested until a period of 2 years lapses.