Erongo Marine Enterprises donates fish to drought relief program

22 Aug 2013 09:10
WALVIS BAY, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – More than a million cans of fish have been donated to the Office of the Prime Minister, which administers the Drought Relief Programme, by Erongo Marine Enterprises.
Twenty-two truckloads of 66 600 cans of fish each have been availed for distribution to people affected by the drought which is currently being experienced in Namibia.
The canned pilchards are valued at more than N.dollars 11 million.
Speaking during the handing over of the donation here on Wednesday, the Managing Director of Erongo Marine Enterprises, Muetulamba Shingenge-Haipinge indicated that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources allocated a quota of 4 300 metric tonnes of horse mackerel to the company from its reserve quotas.
Shingenge-Haipinge explained that this fish was sold by the company and the proceeds used to buy 60 320 cartons of canned pilchards in tomato sauce from Etosha Fishing.
“The resources allocated by the Ministry of Fisheries are seen as an investment in Namibia,” he noted.
Also speaking during the handing-over ceremony, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau indicated that the special reserve quota was allocated to Erongo Marine in order to address the situation caused by the current drought conditions in Namibia.
Esau stressed that the donation must be given to the beneficiaries and must not remain in store rooms or be controlled by people who want to use it for self-gratification.
He strongly cautioned that the food aid should get to the affected individual as soon as possible.
“Our people are starving and no Namibian should starve if we have fish in our oceans and wild animals roaming around on the lands,” Esau noted.