Fish farming generates income in Omusati

27 Nov 2016 18:00pm
OMBADJELE, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – The former chairperson of the Omusati Regional Council, Simon Tataati Shileka has called on pensioners to consider establishing community projects that could benefit their families and communities once they retire.
Shileka started Keumbo Fish Farm, an aquaculture project where tilapia is farmed, after retiring from politics some two years ago.
He told Nampa in an interview at the project near Ombadjele village in the Omusati Region’s Outapi Constituency on Wednesday he started the farm with his wife, Ohenda, in November last year.
“We started the project with money from our own savings,” he said.
As a newcomer, Shileka’s project receives technical assistance from the Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Centre of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
The centre provides aquaculture management training and assessments and also monitor the growth and weight of the fish.
The Fisheries and Marine Resources Ministry’s Chief Fisheries Biologist for the North-West Regions, Elizabeth Ndivayele told this news agency on Wednesday Keumbo Fish Farm is a success story for the region.
“We procured 30 000 tilapia fingerlings from Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Centre and we stocked 15 000 species each in two dams of the four earth dams we have here,” Shileka said.
One dam was stocked in March and the other in April 2016.
As the fish started reproducing, the remaining two dams were stocked.
Shileka said they purchase feeding stock from the Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Centre and use water pumped from the nearby Ruacana-Outapi water canal.
The fish are fed twice per day at 11h00 and 16h00. Shileka, his wife and another staff member work full-time on the project.
Asked what challenges they face, he said insufficient funds, inexperience in aquaculture and birds eating some of the small fish become a problem at times.
Shileka revealed that 1.2 tonnes of fish was produced during the project’s first harvest conducted on Wednesday.
The harvested fish was sold at the centre on Saturday. Shileka appealed to retirees to look into establishing similar projects.
“You have enough time to realise your dreams when you retire. What we are doing here contributes to the pillar of food security in the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” he said.
Fifty fish farms are registered in the Omusati Region, of which 36 are active.