Karonga district fisheries officer William Chirwa has announced plans to construct modern facilities at Ngala Fishing Camp courtesy of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture Development and Watershed Management Project.
The official said this on Saturday during a community awareness meeting at Ngala in the lakeshore district.
Chirwa said the project will construct toilets, fish storage and shelter facilities.
He said: “Similar facilities will be constructed at Kaporo and Chapima while at Chilumba, the project will provide an ice plant.
“The project seeks to reduce poverty by improving fishing value chains to build climate resilience and promote nutrition among vulnerable community members.”
Chirwa also said the project will train and link five fish processing cooperatives with off-takers.
In his remarks, Ngala Fishing Camp chairperson Lexcol Mbale thanked government for the initiative, saying it will go a long way in improving the livelihood of people in the area.
He said they have identified land where the facilities will be constructed.
One of the fishers, Dosha Nyirenda, said the facilities will improve their livelihoods.
“The facilities will help preserve fresh fish; hence, reducing the risk of rotting,” he said.
The Department of Fisheries says Lake Malawi has about 1 000 fish species and 90 percent of them are found nowhere else.
Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture Development and Watershed Management Project will run for five years in Karonga, Rumphi, Nkhata Bay, Likoma, Salima,Mangochi, Nkhatakota, Nsanje, Chikwawa districts and selected upland areas to the tune of K13 billion from the African Development Bank.