By ZBC Reporter
THE First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa’s women and youth empowerment projects within the small-scale fishing sector are heading for exciting times, as thousands enlist for the programme across the country.
The fisheries initiative targeted to boost self-help projects for women and youths launched by the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa last year has now matured marking the beginning of a journey that will effectively enhance livelihoods and income.
The small-scale Fisheries project spearheaded by the First Lady is one of the flagship programmes under the Angel of Hope Foundation focusing on women to support and provide them with opportunities.
The overall objective is to sustain livelihoods and improve nutrition at household level.
While officiating at the graduation ceremony for the first batch of trainees under the initiative the First Lady said the project is meant to boost food security and income at household level.
This Tuesday forty trainees graduated under the Aquaculture project at the ZANU PF headquarters in Harare.
The initiative sets the tone for them to earn and control income, and contribute to nutrition, health, and education in their households.
Zimparks Director-General, Mrs Fulton Mangwanya said they are handling a number of enquiries since the launch of the initiative.
“To encourage fish farming twenty thousand women and youths have expressed interest and this number has more than doubled. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the importance of backyard fish farming projects is important to sustain livelihoods and improve livelihoods. Allow me to thank the First Lady for voluntarily pushing the fish farming initiative across the country,” said Mangwanya.
Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the First Lady. The initiative has also been applauded for enhancing sustainable development initiatives.
“Tatenda Amai neproject yamaunza (We thank mother for bringing this project). This is a programme iri very critical and which will empower women and youths,” said Cde Patrick Chinamasa the Zanu pf Secretary for Finance
“We want to thank the First lady for these projects which are very important kubatsira madzimai (to help women). We hope they will take the project to other areas,” said Cde Mable Chinomona, the Zanu PF Secretary for Women Affairs.
Enabling women and youths to fully benefit from aquaculture is one of the key strategies spearheaded by the First Lady to reduce poverty and enhance gender equality.
First Lady’s Aquaculture projects boost livelihoods
By ZBC Reporter