President Edgar Lungu says efforts to increase fish production are bearing fruit, as government proactively promote aquaculture.

Statistics indicate that yields have increased from 12 988 metric tonnes of fish in 2012, to over 30 000 metric tonnes in 2016.

Lungu said the achievement gives hope that the country is on track to becoming a major exporter of fish in Africa.

Speaking at the launch of Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development project in Lusaka, President Lungu said the project will run for five years and create jobs.

The project will be implemented at a cost of US$58.89 million and the African Development Bank will provide 89.2 percent funding, while the remaining amount will be funded by the Zambian government.

Meanwhile Lungu challenged the nation to reduce importation of fish by supporting local production.