By Confidente Reporter
NA M S O V Community Trust recently donated canned fish to Gunichas Primary School in the Omaheke region.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony Fisheries Minister Bernhard Esau urged learners to eat fish every week for nutritional value.
“These oils are called omega-3 fatty acids, and include DHA and EPA, which also are important for brain development in infants and children, and low blood pressure in adults. When you go home today, tell your parents that they should cook Namibian fish for the family at least twice weekly, so that the whole family can be healthy.
He stated that the donation of canned fish represented progress in value addition activities being promoted by his Ministry in the marine fisheries sector.
“I am happy to note that Namibia is now not only canning pilchards, as was traditionally the case some three years ago, but also horse mackerel, which are being canned either in brine or oil, and in combination with products such as tomatoes, chili and beans. These value added products are tasty and shelf-stable, hence are being marketed conveniently in many markets across Africa and the world.
“I am happy to note that several companies in Walvis Bay are doing value addition, which is creating much needed jobs for Namibians. Considering the total allowable catches in horse mackerel, hake and other species, there is room to increase value added activities in fisheries in Namibia. In this regard, I call upon many more companies to join in value addition activities, so that we create more jobs and further develop the economy of Namibia.” He called upon fishing companies and other stakeholders to emulate the example demonstrated by Namsov Community Trust and join the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in their efforts to avail fish to people across the country.
“Let us always remember that the fish in our oceans and rivers belongs to all Namibians, and hence should benefit all Namibians. Let us exercise Corporate Social Responsibility by donating fish to schools, food banks and other organisations for the purpose of addressing food security in our less fortunate members of our society.
“I urge our fishing companies to join together with the Ministry in supporting the call by President Hage Geingob on Harambee Prosperity Plan of working together to create jobs, address food security and eradicate poverty in our country. Namibia is our country, our only country, which we must develop together,” Esau said.
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