New fish shop opens doors at Rundu

28 Sep 2014 15:10pm

RUNDU, 28 SEP (NAMPA) - A new fish shop opened its doors at Rundu on Saturday.
The opening of the fish shop has come as a relieve to many residents, who previously had to wait in long queues at the Rundu Open Market to secure fish, and most of the time the fish supplies run out and not everybody can obtain fish.
The new state-of-the-art fish shop was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 4,2 million. It consists of a pay counter, cold storage, an office and toilet facility.
The Rundu fish shop was officially opened by Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernard Esau, who stated that the opening of the fish shop is yet another example of just how bringing fish to the nation is a motivator and driving force for the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT).
The Fisheries Minister underscored the importance of the existence of the NFCPT, saying it has been able to promote consumption of fish throughout the country as well as the imparting of skills on how to prepare different fish cuisines.
“The Trust and its incredible ability to deliver on their mandate ensures that government and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in particular is able to demonstrate its effectiveness in contributing to food security in the country,” he said.
Esau stated that the Trust together with the ministry has been successful in turning a predominantly meat-eating nation into one that now demands healthier, more nutritious and affordable alternative sources of protein in their diets.
With the fisheries sector being one of the highest contributor to the country’s economy and second only to mining in terms of exports, the minister indicated that fish is a very important contributor to food security.
He noted that in order to fish effectively for both local consumption and export market, the management of fish stocks is crucial, hence the Fisheries Ministry being proactive in building depleted stocks and managing fish reserve in the ocean.
The minister was thus hopeful that the opening of the fish shop will serve residents of the town and surrounding villages with honour and spirit of excellence.
“It is my sincere hope that the new fish shop will help reduce the time spend in long lines by our clients, thus contributing to efficient service delivery,” Esau stated while urging staff members who will be stationed at the fish shop to keep it clean and in excellent condition since it is a place where food is sold.
The NFCPT chairperson Katrina Sikeni said during the same occasion that at present, NFCPT distributes and sells 6 500 tons of fish per annum in the country, compared to 500 metric tonnes in 2001.
Sikeni pointed out that in line with the mandate, the Trust has succeeded in popularising the consumption of fish, and that they intend to keep the momentum to meet the growing demands for fish in the country.
NFCPT has similar fish shops in Swakopmund, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Luderitz, Gobabis, Eenhana, Outapi, Opuwo and Walvis Bay.