(Fishermen Holding Fish after harvesting at the dam)
Fish have always been important part of the human diet. The production and harvesting of fish has influenced many aspects of human life from seamanship to welfare, power and health.
Zambia is one of the developing countries in the sub sahara region and fish is still very much an essential food and a main source of protein. The consumption rate ranges from 40 to 60 kg/capita/year. Department of Fisheries, Annual Report, Zambia, (2008).1
Now that, our natural waters are getting depleted of the fish stock, we have no choice but to resort to fish farming so as to supplement them. The cultured fish will also be used to restock both the capture fisheries and the reservoirs. The other advantage for fish farming is that you can regulate the culturing conditions so that fish can be grown within a shorter period of time. In order to implement this programme effectively, the Department of Fisheries holds training sessions to sensitize fisherman and fish famers on better ways of fishing and fish farming techniques as shown in the photos.
(Fish farmers and Fishermen traning workshop in plenary session)
(Fish farming study tour by the farmers)
Education is the true backbone for any true and sustainable development. True education includes sustainability of any programme. “Knowledge has become the most important capital today, and the success of any society lies in harnessing it.” Bray, M. (n.d)2. Most of the education is centered on theory and as a result; the students end up with no practical application of the learned principles. The systems envisioned do not only include formal education, but consists of an integrated system of formal, non-formal and other learning and training opportunities accessible through diverse modes of delivery. Boukary, H. (n.d).3
(Fingerlings ready to be stocked in the dam)
(Integrated fish farm, ducks in the fish pond)
I am the right applicant for this scholarship and should be chosen because not only do I meet all the requirements but I also draw satisfaction photographing and taking of the daily journals, all that I need to find an opportunity of real exposure.
1. Department of Fisheries, Annual Report (2008)
2. Bray, M., Director, (2007) the IIEP e-Newsletter, Vol. XXV, N° 2, April-June 2007.
3. Boukary, H. (2007) ADEA; the IIEP e-Newsletter, Vol. XXV, N° 2, April-June 2007.