Cuando Cubango Fish Farm

Angola, 2018-2020

A new fish production center in Angola’s Cuando Cubango Province produces 500 Tons of pond-raised tilapia per annum, while also producing feed and training technical staff.

Project story

As part of the government’s drive to provide the population with high quality, nutritious and affordable food, the Ministry of Fisheries identified the need for a fish production center in Cuando Cubango province, located very far from the coast and suffering from a lack of fresh fish products.

Agricultiva’s fisheries development team designed
and implemented the project, which covers some 7 hectares and is supplied with water through an irrigation channel. The facility handles breeding and production of Tilapia fingerlings, which are grown and fattened in ponds, as well as the production of fish feed. The fish farm’s demonstration and training center has generated considerable interest among local farmers.

The process

Challenge

Cuando Cubango is located more than 1,000 km from the capital city, Luanda, far from the seacoast, suffering from a lack of fresh fish products and creating significant logistic challenges.

Approach

Development of a state-of-the-art fish production center in the region with innovative solutions to face complex logistic difficulties.

Solution

Among many other solutions, a special plant-based bio-filter was employed to protect the water source from contamination, thus reassuring the local population about health concerns.

Some numbers

SDGs we followed

Approximate production number of fresh fish per year

500 T

The project covers some

7 ha

In conversation
with Benedito Mawito

Benedito Mawito is Head of Cuando Cubango Fish Farm.

We have all the conditions to produce the fish, including the rations, which are produced locally by extrusion, out of crushed corn and soybeans. The technical and human conditions are also ensured as the success and sustainability of the project depend on these key factors.

We believe that by the end of the year fish produced at Missombo will be available for local consumption. The fish farm’s expected volume of production is around 200 tons of tilapia

during the experimental phase, out of the 500 tons planned by the end of 2020.

The fish will be distributed both wholesale and retail, made available in the project’s own fishmonger and in surrounding supermarkets.

This innovative fish farm has significant economic and social impact for the region, meeting the needs of the local population for food supply and providing employment for young people, encouraging their inclusion in the community.

“This innovative fish farm has significant economic and social impact for the region.”

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