Maldeco Fisheries has assured its customers of consistent supply of its chambo fish from now till the end of the year.
This was disclosed on Friday during a media and customer tour organised by the company in Mangochi.
Maldeco Acting General Manager, Jenala Ngwale, said the supply of Maldeco Chambo is expected to increase by 2019.
“We plan to harvest over 500 tonnes by the end of this year from the 33 cages that are already stocked with fish. We also plan to increase production every year so that we reach our target of over 2,000 tonnes per year in 2019,” she said.
Ngwale also explained why the Maldeco Chambo has a dark colour as compared to the white chambo that also comes from the same lake.
“Because our Chambo is grown in cages with darker nets, it adjusts its colour to suit the dark environment as camouflage.
“Apart from that, the density of fish in the cages is another contributing factor to the dark colour. The fish does not swim to the surface at the same time thereby causing a dark environment inside the cage,” she said.
Guest of honour at the event, who is also Press Corporation Limited, group Projects Manager, Lyton Chithambo, said the Maldeco Chambo project supports one of the government’s strategies outlined in the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Policy through increasing aquaculture production in the country.
He also said the project offers hands-on expertise on aquaculture production to undergraduates from Luanar.