The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has started harvesting from its fishery project in Lupane.

Six months down the line, harvesting has started with 10 000 tilapia breams being caught.

The largest fish was 1.15kg, while the average weight was 500g, with the project expecting to harvest about five tonnes.

While revealing that one tonne will be set aside for feeding inmates, another for growing the project and the remaining three for commercial sales, ZPCS Officer Commanding Matabeleland North, Senior Assistant Commissioner Moddie Nkomo said the project had been a huge success.

“EMat North akulazibotshwa ezigulayo ngoba bayadla inhlanzi, amatemba lakho konke abakufunayo. Iphumelele kakhulu ngoba besingakhangelelanga ukuthi kungaphuma inkalakatha zenhlanzi. Sibonangani udubo lokuswelakala kwezinto ezidingwa yizibotshwa sizakwenelisa ukunelana lakho. Nanko izibotshwa ziyadla sibuye sithengise ezinye sizuze imali (We have no ill prisoners in Matabeleland North because they eat a balanced diet which includes fish. The project has been successful and we are impressed with the size of fish harvested. We believe that the project will assist the prisoners with their basic needs as they are also able to sell the fish.),” he said.

A target of setting a total of five cages by the Lupane-Bubi dam has also been revealed with ZPCS officers seized with constructing cages that can accommodate up to 20 000 fish.

The project is expected to supplement the feeding of inmates in the province and other areas, with the surplus being sold on the commercial market in order to cater for other needs of the inmates as opposed to relying on government funding.