22 Aug 2015 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources will Monday launch an aquaculture master plan during the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF).
Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish and crustaceans like crayfish.
The fair is slated annually and will run from 21 until 30 August 2015.
In an invitation to the event, the ministry noted that the plan identified key development areas and provides a roadmap for the sustainable development of aquaculture in order to generate socio-economic benefits for Namibians.
The plan will ensure equitable access to natural resources and create a platform for social justice for women, men and the youth to effectively participate in aquaculture initiatives, it stressed.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau will launch the plan.
A debate under the theme Wealth Creation Through Fish Availability is also scheduled to take place on 28 August 2015. The panel will include Esau; Governor of the Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa; Governor of Ohangwena Region Usko Nghaamwa, who is also the Director of Fishcor; and Chairperson of the Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations, Matti Amukwa.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, Esau reiterated that aquaculture is the way forward to ensure food security in the face of adverse climate change. He made the remarks during a visit to Fonteintjie community aquaculture project at Keetmanshoop as part of his familiarisation tour of the //Karas Region.
Esau also expressed concern in April this year that despite the global success and rise in millions of tonnes harvested each year, aquaculture in Namibia is not delivering the desired results.
He stated that the industry has not been up to the desired standard as too little fish has been produced for the sector to grow and create more employment.
Despite an investment of N.dollars 38 million in aquaculture development by the ministry in 2014, only 740 metric tonnes (MT) was produced.
The aquaculture master plan to be launched at this years OATF indicates that the sector must contribute at least 10 000 metric tonnes within the next five years.