The Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate says it will soon be upscaling the command fisheries programme as plans are already in motion to desilt several dams with 200 of them set to be seeded with the kapenta fish.

It is a massive project that will provide rural communities with the much needed protein once it fully blossoms.

Environment, Water and Climate Minister Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said her ministry is mulling to commercialise 10 000 silted dams for the fisheries programme with 200 community dams countrywide set to be seeded with kapenta fish ultimately creating employment for these communities.

“We are working 24/7 as the ministry we are promoting the fisheries programme and people need access to cheaper proteins. We need to create employment for our youths under the fisheries programme and the youths have started approaching the parks department for technical expertise,” she said.

As part of its obligation to ensure access of water to all communities the ministry said it will be distributing 500 boreholes donated by China countrywide within its 100 days target.

Outside the 500 the ministry had already drilled 137 boreholes countrywide from its initial target of 240.