Thirty-one households have been trained and supported in fish farming, in Mansa district, Luapula Province through Caritas Zambia project.

Catherine Mwale, Caritas Zambia Programmes Officer said her organisation is training households in fishing farming, conservation farming, bee keeping and entrepreneurship skills to encourage being self-reliant among locals.

Mwale said the 31 households have also started harvesting fish, which comes as a result of the training that was undertaken.

She said the fish farmers are now able to make profit from their produce, resulting in better living conditions, and them being less dependent on others.

In addition, 336 households have been supported in livestock production, through goat, pig and chicken empowerment.

Caritas’ vision is to ensure that the beneficiaries are equipped with enough knowledge in order for them to maintain their livelihood.

Mwale challenged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the revolving programme, for more community members to benefit from the initiative.

Caritas says if more people are trained in various skills, poverty levels in the province will be reduced.