President Edgar Lungu says government is facilitating the development of five out-grower clusters in a bid to support aquaculture development.

Speaking during the official opening of the third Session of the 12th National Assembly on Friday , the President said the clusters will be set up in Bangweulu, Chipepo, Rufunsa, Kasempa, and Mungwi districts.

The Head of State further revealed that the aquaculture production has grown by 61 percent because of increased fish production by both commercial and small holder farmers in the country.

He noted that government is supporting several pipeline projects to be implemented over the next two years to enhance agriculture diversification and promote value addition.

Some of the projects include the palm oil plantation and processing project in Muchinga Province and the tea plantation and processing project in Luapula Province among others.

The President further said the palm oil project is on course saying the investment will improve the incomes and livelihoods of 5,000 beneficiaries out of which 30 percent will be women and youths.

He added that the Kawambwa Tea Estate has been revived by government and is fully operational.

President Lungu revealed that so far over 30 million Kwacha has been invested into the Tea Estate resulting in the creation of 500 local jobs.

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