Govt to set up marine species protection centre in Chato

10Jul 2020
Correspondent
Chato
The Guardian
Govt to set up marine species protection centre in Chato

​​​​​​​THE government is planning to establish a large marine species protection centre in Chato District, Geita Region that will be producing more than 10 tonnes of fish per year.

This was revealed on Wednesday this week at Rubabangwe village in the district by the Permanent Secretary (Fisheries) in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Rashid Tamatamah when handing over area of the proposed centre to Corporation Sol—the contractors picked by the government for the project.

He said upon completion, the project will cost 3.8bn/- and already the Ministry has paid a total of 42m/- as compensation to residents of the 28-acre area who have been moved to pave way for the project.

“It will be the biggest project of its kind in the country and it will have fish breeding ponds, a small fish processing factory. Building for fish food, a study farm, a hostel and the centre’s offices,” he said.

He said construction work is expected to take three months and completed in October this year and will have a fish fingerling hatcheries that will have the capacity to produce over two million fish fingerlings per year.

The Director of Marine Species Protection Centre Dr Nazaeli Madala said the centre will be a solution to the scarcity of fish that is being experienced from natural fish sources.

“The centre will serve all regions surrounding the Lake Zone and neighbouring areas, and will also train fish breeders as well as extension officers on fish breeding from ponds,” Madala said.

Earlier the Chato district commissioner Charles Kabeho thanked the ministry of Livestock and Fisheries for establishing the centre in the District and pledged to closely follow up its construction.

Rubambangwe Village Executive Restituta Majura said the project will benefit village residents via employment opportunities and spur economic development.