25 Mar 2015 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 MAR (NAMPA) - The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) received a cold room for its shop in Ongwediva from the Japanese Fisheries Corporation.
The room worth over N.dollars 1,4 million was symbolically handed over to the NFCPT during a dinner held in the capital on Tuesday evening.
The construction of this facility will enable the Trust to fulfil its primary object of promoting fish consumption throughout Namibia, said Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) Bernhard Esau during the event.
He added that while fulfilling its mandate of making fish affordable and accessible to Namibians, the NFCPT also creates and execute partnership with other institutions.
Esau said the project came about through strategic engagement between his ministry and the Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation of Japan (OFCF) in June 2014, when they asked for assistance in the rehabilitation and technical assistance of the Trust.
The response was very positive, and a team of three experts were dispatched to Namibia in August 2014 to assess the situation on the ground. Thereafter, we engaged in the negotiation and concluded the project memorandum on 09 December 2014, he explained.
The OFCF donated cold storage room equipment with the capacity to store 50 metric tons of fish and chilled room equipment with the capacity to hold 10 metric tons of fish.
Esau explained that they also facilitated important bacteria testing capabilities and laboratory uniforms.
The OFCF spearheaded the procurement of equipment and material for the workshop and laboratory, and most importantly the construction work for the foundation of the cold storage and chilled rooms, he said.
The Fisheries Minister was delighted to note that the NFCPT took up the partnership and contributed to ensuring the project is successfully completed; their dedication and passion has become something they rely heavily on.
Despite the short time we had to implement the project - just three months - I am pleased to note that the project has been successfully completed as per the schedule, and I would like to sincerely thank OFCF and the Government of Japan for treating this project with urgency, he stated.
Esau said the MFMR will continue to build long lasting smart partnerships with other countries and development partners in order to realise optimum benefit for Namibians from the fisheries resources of the country.
The NFCPT was established in 2001, and currently has 14 shops in 10 regions.