ASUD HANDS OVER FISH FARMING MATERIALS-25 MAY, 2015
ASUD upscales fish farming at Doroba and Nkholongo
Action for Sustainable Development-ASUD says environmental degradation can be history in the country if communities are encouraged to engage into alternative sources of income like fish farming.
ASUD Executive Director Thomas Ngwira was speaking at Doroba in the area of Inkosi Mtwalo in Mzimba North where he handed over materials to three fish farmers clubs for the construction of ponds in the second phase of the project.
Ngwira said his organization thought of implementing a fish farming project to check rampant deforestation in the area due to charcoal and brick burning.
“Most people here are not employed and they struggle to earn a living. This is why they cut down trees for charcoal. So this project is aimed at giving an alternative source of money,” said Ngwira. ASUD Director further said his organization is ready to expand it to other areas provided the community show interest.
“We are ready to extend the project to where people show interest and we can ask our donors to increase the funding,” explained Thomas Ngwira.
After successfully implementing fish farming project at Mponda, Dika and Jairos Mhlanga villages, ASUD has extended it to other three villages of Samani Mkandawire, Hannock Mhlanga and Mathambo Mutete.
Speaking at the same ceremony Ward Councilor for the area Medson Lungu applauded ASUD for spearheading in environmental care.
“Let me thank ASUD for taking a leading role in environmental care and me as a Councilor I will ensure that our community police assist in impounding charcoal as a way caring trees here,” said Lungu. Inkosana Kamukhoti Mkandawire called on ASUD to upscale the project so that many people benefit from it.
Representative of District Agriculture Development Officer for Mzimba North Edith Mithenga said it was pleasing to note that the project had targeted more women whom she said are very important in as far as improving of households was concerned.
Action for Sustainable Development is implementing a fish farming project at Doroba and Nkholongo with funding from the Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust-MEET to the tune of K5.3 million. http//www.mbc.mw