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K6.5bn chambo farm finally opens

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The long-awaited US$14 million (about K6.5 billion) Chambo Fisheries in Blantyre’s Limbe area has finally started harvesting and selling the fish.

The chambo farm has the capacity to produce 800 tonnes of fish per annum.

The project, which started in 2006, was due to start harvesting the fish in 2007 but faced a number of challenges which delayed its take off.

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But speaking in an interview on Wednesday, Pacific Limited Industrial Manager Muhammed Ismail Aboo told The Daily Times that the farm has finally started fish sales.

He added that the project is also open to all Malawians who would like to appreciate how modern fishing is done.

“Chambo Fisheries is the largest bio flock tank farm in the world. Studies have shown that nobody in the world has a bio flock tank farm which is bigger than this in the world.

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“Chambo Fisheries is a pride of Malawi, so we want the public to appreciate a world-class fish farm. We want the world to appreciate what Malawi has to offer,” said Aboo.

He said the farm’s chambo can be found at the farm as well as other leading retail outlets in Blantyre.

The opening of the farm comes at a time when chambo stocks in Lake Malawi have fallen sharply over the past couple of years, resulting in the skyrocketing of prices.

Aboo expressed hope that the coming in of chambo from Chambo Fisheries will help increase the supply of the product on the market, thereby helping in softening prices.

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