Luanar moves in to save chambo

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources ( Luanar ) h a s said technology, science and innovation can help boost chambo stocks despite human activities damaging breeding habitats in Lake Malawi.

Associate professor in aquaculture systems and engineering atLuanar ’s   Aqua Culture and Fisheries Department, Joshua Valeta, told journalists on a New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support (Napas) Malawi-sponsored media tour in Lilongwe recently the reduction in the quantity of chambo is due to overfishing.

Journalists visit a fish pond.

“Chambo has low fecundity [limited number of eggs per fish] as compared to other types of fish; so the aquaculture centre is working on high quality feed, portable hatchery technology and best ways of restocking with improved fingering survival,” he said.

Director of agricultural research services in the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development, Wilson Makumba, said agricultural science and research are important in the advancement of the agriculture sector and society in general.

Napas chief of party Flora Nankhuni said media plays a vital role in agricultural development .

As such, inter section between agricultural science and media cannot be overstated.

“Our focus this time is on ‘Communicating Science for Agricultural Impact’ as we have realised media is very crucial in disseminating information just as well as research centres are in coming up with new innovations,” Nankhuni said.

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