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Japan demand fuels expansion for Lesotho trout farm

The idea of Japanese consumers eating sushi exported from a tiny African country with no coastline may sound improbable, but the kingdom of Lesotho is pulling it off. Highlands Trout, based in Lesotho produces trout – or river salmon to the Japanese market – in reservoirs created by the Katse and Mohale Dams.


Following a feasibility study in 2008 and mobilizing in 2009, the company now has a five-year operating license and plans to increase production volumes for exports to Japan. Read more

Katse Trout farms – Birth of an industry

Katse Fish Farms is in the process of completing its 5-year Trout Aquaculture Project based within the Katse Reservoir.

Royale Highlands Trout have just hit 300 tons in annual production and Lesotho now supplies the fastest moving product in the deli section of Woolworths Foods in South Africa. We have established all the necessary technology, logistics, marketing channels to now move from 300 tons/annum to 3000 tons/annum over the next 3 years.

This will necessitate for a primary processing plant and a hatchery with the capacity to permanently employ not less than 150 Basotho.

This is truly the birth of a New Industry in Lesotho.


This article is associated with another article on this blog – Aquaculture – Katse Dam Trout Farms

Aquaculture – Katse Dam Trout Farms

The Drakensberg-Maloti Highlands are highly valued in southern Africa for their rivers’ excellent water quality and high water yield. These rivers provide water to large areas of South Africa. The region encompasses the whole of Lesotho, excluding the westernmost lowland areas as well as small parts of South Africa just south and north of Lesotho.


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