A command cage fisheries project has been launched at Biri Dam in Makonde, Mashonaland West Province and will benefit Zvimba, Makonde and Chinhoyi constituencies.

The project will start off with 10 000 fingerlings, which are expected to be ready for harvesting within the next 4 to 5 months, with a projected volume of 4 tonnes.

Launching the project, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshall Perrance Shiri described the initiative as tailored towards transforming the livelihoods of communities with a view of bridging the life styles gap between urban and rural populations.

“The command cage fisheries programme is within the framework of the national policy to diversify farming activities in the face of climate change. The Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry must therefore create conditions which allow communities easy access to natural resources within their localities,” said Minister Shiri.

The Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Prisca Mupfumira urged those implementing the cage fisheries projects to work as organised groups, and pledged to peg license fees at nominal levels for communities living within the source of wildlife resources.

According to Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Minister, Cde Mary Mliswa, such projects are important in guaranteeing food security and nutrition.

In total, the province has received a donation of about 115 000 fingerlings.