farming is an export success
29 October 2014
If you were thinking of an ideal location on which
to base a commercial fish farm, you wouldn't
necessarily think of the mountainous land-locked
African nation of Lesotho.
Yet from small beginnings just two years ago, the
country's Highlands Trout operation has become a big
fish in a rather small pond.
The company now proudly produces some of the world's
finest "Made in Africa" trout, and is exporting
hundreds of tonnes of fish to Japan and South
In Japan, the firm has managed to bypass the large,
wholesale fish markets, and its trout have become a
favourite in gourmet sushi.
This has helped Lesotho produce twice the amount of
trout as its much larger neighbour, South Africa,
and the operation has been heralded as an example of
how Africa can benefit commercially from creative
investment and utilisation of its aquaculture
Nestled between the rolling Maluti mountains and
just a stone's throw from the Katse Dam, which is
Africa's second largest, is the headquarters of
Inside the high-tech building a nursery houses
millions of trout eggs that have been imported
specifically from Denmark.
The tiny hatchlings are later transferred into
reservoirs situated in a climate-controlled room.
When the fish reach 20g, they are transported to
grow-out cages on the Katse Dam itself.
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