Oshana Governor Elia Irimari, said that Fish Consumption centres need to be extended to rural areas especially at constituencies levels to cut long distance people have to travel to reach Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa to buy fish.
Irimari made the remarks in the speech delivered on his behalf, during the fish talk in Ongwediva on Friday afternoon.
“The extension of Ongwediva Fish Consumption Centre to the rural communities is important in terms of creating a market access for small businesses to acquire fish and other products for resale at their businesses,”
He said that his hope is for the fishing sector to continue to maintain the status quo as the second biggest export earner of foreign currency and the third largest economic sector among other sectors in Namibia.
Responding to questions posted during the session, Executive Director of Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Dr. Moses Maurihungirire, said there is a lot of fish in Namibia, whereby on an annual base less than half a million tons of fish is harvested.
“Since we have a lot of fish, we don’t eat them all up, as a result we expo them and sell them to get foreign currency which is good for the economy upliftment and development of the country,” said Maurihungirire.
He admitted that demand for fish in the northern part of the country is high, compared to other parts. “In the Ongwediva people are queuing up in long queue, demand is really high.”
The Ministry through its Fish Consumption Promotion Trust owns and operates 17 Fish Shops within 13 Regions and plans are at advanced stage to open a fish shop in Otjozondjupa in March next year.
The trust conducts monthly Regional fish promotions to supplement existing fish shops to make fish accessible and also impart skills on how to prepare and cook different fish cuisines.
In this financial year, the Trust has conducted regional fish promotions in Zambezi, Oshikoto, Otjozonjupa and Khomas Region. This exercise will be rolled out to all the remaining regions within this financial year.