15 Feb 2016 12:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 15 FEB (NAMPA) The first trawler belonging to five Namibian companies owned by previously disadvantaged groups was officially launched by Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau here on Friday.
The boat named Milestone, formally Allegro, was bought from Allegro Fishing, a subsidiary of Freddie Fish Processors at an amount of N.dollars 6.5 million.
Although the launch only took place on Friday, Milestone already went to sea in June 2015.
The five companies are Nduli Trading Enterprises cc; Circuit Investments Property Limited; #Oa //Nob Trading Enterprises; Ovature Fishing Enterprises (Pty) Ltd; Tsogang Fishing Enterprises (Pty) Ltd. Together they form an umbrella company called Milestone Trawling Property Limited.
Last year it received a 822 metric tonnes (mt) quota to catch monk fish.
The beneficiaries are from the Omaheke, Hardap, Erongo, Kunene, Otjozondjupa and Oshana regions.
Esau called upon the management and staff of Milestone Trawling to take responsibility and commit themselves towards the maintenance of high hygiene standard by keeping the trawler in good state.
The trawler was built in 1996 and given a complete refit in 2014.
It is 20 metres long with a holding capacity of 35 mt, which can accommodate 5mt of frozen fish per day. This will allow the new right holders to catch their quota of monk fish, which translates into an immediate creation of jobs for 12 seagoing staff as well as six onshore personnel.
Speaking to Nampa at the event, Governor of Omaheke Festus Ueitele said the move is a step in the right direction as it uplifts the living standards of those who never had a share in the fisheries resources and those in poverty.
I congratulate the minister for giving the quota to our people, this is a very good thing, he said.
Ueitele encouraged a culture where regions with abundant natural resources such as fish, uranium and diamond share with those who do not have.
This is to ensure nobody is left out. The cake should be shared with everyone.
Executive director of Ovature Fishing, Welcome Kazondunge said this is just what they need to achieve vision 2030, We need to equally distribute our natural resources to all citizens.