07 Oct 2014 14:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) opened its 14th fish shop at Mariental on Saturday.
The current shop building is a temporary structure, and new premises are to be built early next year, according to a media statement issued by the Trust on Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, NFCPT chairperson Katrina Sikeni said the Trust is determined to fulfil its mandate of making fish accessible and affordable to Namibians in all corners of the country.
She said like the other NFCPT fish shops around the country, the Mariental shop will have various high- quality fish species and canned products available for well below the market prices.
Also speaking at the event was Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau, who said he was proud to assist the Trust in transforming a predominantly meat-eating nation into one which consumes fish as well.
The Trusts mandate is to promote fish consumption within Namibia, and to teach Namibians about its high nutritional value, in addition to schooling people on how to prepare fish products.
Esau further stated that the prudent management of Namibias fish resources was of utmost importance to his ministry.
We want to ensure the sustainable utilisation of the countrys natural resources to care for the present generation, without compromising the needs of the future generation, he noted.
Esau added that through the fish shops, Government also aims to create secure employment.
The Mariental shop has five permanent job positions, bringing the total number employed by the Trust to 135 countrywide.
The NFCPT now has fish shops in 10 regions of the country.
It owns six trucks which distribute fish across Namibia. The next shop is expected to be opened at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region.