Departments visit FS fish farm

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The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries will be visiting a fish farm in Bethulie on Friday 4 December 2020 along with the Free State MEC of Agriculture. The facility is a training and demonstration centre on different freshwater fish species.

Established over 30 years ago as a fish hatchery, it is located in the Xhariep District, next to the Gariep Dam along the Orange River System, from which it receives its water supply.

According to a statement by the national department the centre is worth more than R3 million and was upgraded in 2013.

“The centre was established to increase awareness of opportunities in the fresh water aquaculture sector, both regionally and nationally. The centre plays a key role in contributing towards the sustainable development of the aquaculture and fishery sector. The services provided at the centre benefit countries of the Southern African Developing Communities (SADC),” read the statement.

The Deputy Minister, Makhotso Sotyu, along with Free State MEC for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Makolo Mohale, ​MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Kwekwe Bulwane, and the Executive Mayor of the Xhariep District Municipality, Motshewa Sehanka, will also visit a local community based satellite catfish farm in Bethulie.

The visit will take place at 09:00 at the Gariep Fish Hatchery at the Gariep Dam.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za