Aquaculture Zimbabwe is a local non-governmental organization primarily working for the development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector for improved livelihoods in Zimbabwe. The founding members were driven by a conviction that fish can positively transform lives. Fishing communities in Zimbabwe have long relied on fish from local rivers and dams for household food and income and we recognise their efforts. Providing support to the fishers and taking fish to traditionally non fishing communities became Aquaculture Zimbabwe’s priority after realising the potential that lies in fish integration with commonly practiced agricultural activities in Zimbabwe. In 2007, the founding members registered Aquaculture Zimbabwe as a ‘Trust’ organization and later in 2012 as a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO No.33/12).
Makurumidze Cooperative in ward 2, Chief Zimuto Area of Masvingo district has 42 members, 24 female and 18 males who are registered as Makurumidze Cooperative with the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise and Community Development. In 2014 the community constructed two fish ponds with a water surface area of 1000m2 each. They breed Tilapia fish which they give a combination of commercial feed and plankton. In each six months cycle the group has been harvesting an average of 900 kilograms per pond. The average fish weight achieved are at 240 grams per fish. The group supplies its fish to retail shops, schools and the local community. Using income from fish sales the group managed to mobilize earth moving machines to excavate two additional fish ponds measuring 1000m2 each. They now have a total of 4000m2 pond water surface area with a potential of producing up to 8000 kilograms of fish per year. Makurumidze has poultry and garden projects integrated with fish production.
2: Cage Culture
Masembura Aquaculture Project is in ward 11 Bindura District was funded by the United States Africa Development Fund through the US Embassy Ambassador Self Help Projects. The group has two offshore floating fish cages measuring 3m x 3m x 3m each producing Tilapia fish.
Matedzi Weir in ward 30 of Masvingo district is one of the weirs that communities construct with support from AQZ. The weirs harness and store water for crop and livestock production.
4: Integrated Agriculture Aquaculture
Chebvute project is a typical example of the integrated resilience model promoted by AQZ. The site has a weir that supports a garden and livestock. The garden is integrated with poultry, aquaculture and an orchard. At the site is also a beekeeping project, indigenous chicken and nursery project.
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