By Hileni Nembwaya
ACCORDING to the fish consumption survey of 2011, Namibia has moved from being the least fish consuming nation to being amongst the top fish consuming countries in Africa.
The appetite for fish in the Namibian market has experienced a significant increase thus it remains a patriotic duty to guard against the exploitation of the fishing sector, Bernhard Esau, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources said.
Esau made these remarks during the gala dinner of the fifth national fish consumption day, held at Ongwediva, recently. A total amount of more than N$700 000 was raised during the dinner.
“The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust must be applauded for their aggressive pursuit in ensuring that no one is left out from the beneficiation associated with the consumption of Namibia’s fish,” he said.
The national fish consumption day offers opportunities to the fishing industry to engage the community members directly, and in so doing fulfilling a dual role of educating the community and the nation at large of the health and nutritional benefits of fish consumption.
Esau said that the proceeds raised from the gala dinner will be utilised to enhance the fight against poverty, through the empowerment of the local communities.
“The trust sustains itself through the annual fish quota allocation for its benefit by my ministry; this allocation enable the trust to amongst others; process the quota for re-sale on the local market, which in-turns would complement their ambitions of becoming self-sustainable in the pursuit of fulfilling their mandate”.
The local fishing sector is also a pivotal pillar of the country’s economy, being one of the biggest contributors to gross domestic product and foreign currency earnings.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Governor of Oshana, Clemence Kashuupulwa said that the funds raised at the event would be used for the improvement of better education in the region.
He also appealed to the fisheries ministry to decentralise the fish shops at constituency levels in order to cater for those that are residing in the remote areas.
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