NFCPT has distributed 7 300 metric tonnes of fish in 2014

07 Aug 2015 21:50pm
WALVIS BAY, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) launched its fourth annual National Fish Consumption Day (NFCD) here on Friday.
The fourth ANFCD is scheduled to take place on 12 September 2015 at Outapi in the Omusati Region under the theme ‘Bringing The Ocean To The North’.
Speaking at the occasion, Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Bernhard Esau said the NFCPT remains a key driver in ensuring that Namibia, despite its flourishing fish resources, move away from being one of the lowest fish consuming countries in Africa.
“We are moving in the right direction, as the NFCPT has distributed 7 300 metric tonnes of fish in 2014, compared to a mere 500 metric tonnes in 2001,” he noted.
Esau highlighted that his ministry is aware of Namibia’s vast and open landscape - the distance between the ocean, the harbours and the major cities and towns is so great that it is not always easy to access fish products.
“Therefore I must applaud the NFCPT for their efforts in providing not only a variety of choices but doing so at very affordable rates to all Namibians,” he said.
On her part, NFCPT Board chairperson, Katrina Sikeni said the organisation would like to make fish tangibly accessible to the northern part of the country and in so doing, ensure that all Namibians stand to gain from the nutrients of the sea.
She said this year’s theme is centred around educating the Namibian populace on everything knowledgeable about the Namibian sea.
“The NFCD initiative is not merely meant as a promotional tool for the NFCPT alone, but should rather be viewed as a collective industry stance in advancing the consumption of fishing produce and its by-products.
“Therefore I would like to take this opportunity and urge the Namibian fishing fraternity to join hands with the NFCPT,” said Sikeni.
The NFCD was established in 2012 to promote fish consumption amongst Namibians; increase consumer education around fish; promote fish species; teach Namibians how to clean fish; and create awareness around the NFCPT and the fishing industry as a whole.
The event was hosted in the Erongo Region in 2012; Omaheke in 2013 and Otjozondjupa in 2014.