The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has launched Nutrition-Oriented Community-Based Fish Farming Project aimed at improving dietary diversity in Zway Dugda woreda of Arsi Zone, Oromia State at a cost of 400,000 USD.
A human made pond would be created on 3.5 hectares of land in the woreda benefiting over 700,000 residents living in the environs, according to Project Manager Dr. Tanisho Shigeki.
The Manager told the Ethiopian Press Agency journalists recently that the four-year project would as well back the nutritional health strategy of the government as it works to improve quality production and consumption of fish.
Dr. Tanisho said that the residents would acquire lesson on how to fish in a quality manner for commercial as well as consumption purposes. Thus, nutrition-oriented community-based fish farming system is established in the area endowed with water and fishing.
Woreda Administrator Mussa Forro noted that over 138,000 residents have been assisted by the government as they were victims of El Nino-induced drought. Thus, food self-sufficiency system should be established to withstand the burdens of the drought as the project is one of such interventions.
Credit: All Africa