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PACT launches USD13.9 million fisheries integration project

Written by  Sellah Singini


Farmers harvest fish in a pond - File Photo

Mangochi, February 16: PACT, an organisation that deals with research in aquaculture, has launched a fisheries integration of society and habitants project in the Eastern Region worth US$13.9 million. 

The project will attempt to address low governance capacity at district and community level and poor regulatory compliance.

Speaking recently during a stakeholders meeting, PACT's Governance and Capacity Development Specialist for the FISH Project, Dick Kachilonda said the multi – billion kwacha project would be implemented in Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi and Zomba.

“The project will attempt to address, among other things, low governance capacity at district and community level, poor regulatory compliance and poor communication and coordination among stakeholders,” he explained.

“The project will also cover four water bodies of Lake Malawi, Lake Chirwa, Lake Malombe and Lake Chiuta,” added Kachilonda.

According to Kachilonda, the project would target 1,000 hectares of biological significance and natural resources under improved management while about 1,000 households stand to benefit from the initiative.

The project has been bankrolled by the United States Agency for International Development-USAID.

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