Government has underscored it commitment to reducing poverty levels through fish farming in Muchinga province.

Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba said issues of unemployment in the province can be reduced through acquired knowledge in aquaculture.

Speaking yesterday when he visited Kapasa Makasa University to check on the fish farming project the institution has embarked on, Dr. Kalumba charged that the students that have acquired skills and competences in aquaculture should not look for employment after they graduate.

He said students of aquaculture at Kapasa Makasa University have been empowered with skills in order to contribute to the economic development of the country through the provision of employment which reduces poverty levels.

Dr. Kalumba has also appealed to the Ministry of Higher Education to provide loans to the graduates in order for them to venture into farming that will help sustain themselves on a personal level.

And a lecturer in the School of Agriculture and Aquatic Sciences, Confred Musuka said the students involved in fish farming have shown commitment towards the project.

He explained that the project is not strictly for students only but the surrounding community will also undergo the training in a bid to reduce poverty.

The academician added that the idea of the fish farming project is to train the students to become acquaprenuers.

Meanwhile, Copperbelt University (CBU) Registrar Helen Mukumba said CBU will continue supporting Kapasa Makasa University by providing practical education in ventures such as aquaculture.

She added that the project will in the long run help the institution be self-sustaining.

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