The fish tanks in Xai-Xai, Mozambique are well on their way to being completed. This is an exciting milestone for us, of course. Jason Helm has guided construction carefully to ensure that the integrity of the tanks would stand up for many years without worry.
The garden site on which the fish farm is constructed is dependent on a solar-powered water pump. Irrigation was the original reason for its installation, but its function is even more in demand with the development of a fish farm. Unfortunately, the solar-powered pump system is currently broken down. Replacement instead of repair of the pump is being considered. This would cost several thousand dollars, but is critical for the success of this integrated farm site. This topic may be raised further on this blog at a later date.
The Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia held its annual conference from Wednesday to Friday last week (26-28 January 2011). During the evening social event, money is typically raised for a local charity. This year, it was decided that proceeds would go to 'Fish for Hope' and the project in Mozambique. It was very reassuring to have the support of our provincial industry association.
It is tremendously encouraging to be in contact with so many people who believe in what we are endeavouring to accomplish through aquaculture in Africa.