Published December 11, 2023 | Version v1
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Commercial Aquafeed Production and Usage in Zambia: Reviewing its Current Status, Developmental Constraints and Opportunities

  • 1. The Copperbelt University, School of Natural Resources, Department of Zoology and Aquatic Sciences, Jambo Drive, Riverside, P.O. Box 21692, Kitwe, Zambia
  • 2. Frankfurt Zoological Society - Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Programme, Nsama, Zambia
  • 3. Department of Fisheries, Fiyongoli Aquaculture Research Station, Mansa
  • 4. Department of Fisheries, Provincial Fisheries Office, Northern Province, Kasama
  • 5. Department of Fisheries, Misamfu Aquaculture Research Station, Kasama
  • 6. Chicoa Fish Farm, Lake Cahorabassa Emboque, Tete Province, Mozambique
  • 7. Department of Fisheries, Northern Province, Lupososhi District


This review analyses the challenges and opportunities of using commercially produced aquafeeds in Zambia for tilapia cultivation, considering population growth, income, and cultural preferences, while also highlighting potential advantages. High-quality aquafeed is essential for optimal growth, feed conversion efficiency, and fish health, promoting increased utilization in the country. The establishment of modern facilities by Skretting, Aller Aqua, and Novatek is having a positive impact on Zambia's fish feed production. These companies are dedicated to achieving a sustainable balance between commercial expansion and smallholder development, while also fostering growth in the aquaculture value chain. Challenges such as substandard feed production, rising costs, limited access to affordable raw materials, and insufficient funding are being faced by the industry. These obstacles have the potential to significantly influence the industry's growth and economic contribution.



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