MINISTER of Fisheries and Marine Resource Bernhard Easu, said that a culture of national fish consumption is good for local businesses and poverty eradication in Namibia.
Easu made the remarks during the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust gala dinner held on Friday at Omuthiya of Oshikoto Region.
According to Easu, for Namibians to achieve the national fish consumption target of 20.4 kg fish per person per year it requires people to sell about 50 000 metric tonnes of fish, valued at about N$500 million within various towns in Namibia.
“We are now at about 50 percent of this target. If only five percent of this fish trade target could happen in Oshikoto Region, which would be about N$25 million of new business, and the profit margins realized by our small and medium scale traders here could greatly help to address current poverty and inequality,” said Easu.
He stated that local fish trading is therefore a realistic means of addressing improvement of livelihoods and food security of the people in the Oshikoto Region.
Speaking at the same event, Oshikoto Regional Governor, Henock Kankoshi, said they welcome the initiative by the ministry to celebrate Namibian fisheries and to promote fish consumption at the regional level down to the constituencies, settlement and villages.
Oshikoto is the eighth region to host the national event.
The National Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) have hosted similar National Fish Consumption Days in Erongo, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Omusati, Oshana, Kavango West and Kunene Erongo, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Omusati, Oshana, Kavango West and Kunene Regions since 2012 and plans are there to complete the remaining regions in the coming years.