Omusati schools benefit from Fish Consumption Day

13 Aug 2016 16:10pm
WALVIS BAY, 13 AUG (NAMPA) - Fourteen schools in the Omusati Region on Friday received laptops and photocopy machines worth over N.dollars 189 000.
The schools include the Shaanika Nashilongo, Shikongo Iipinge, David Sheehama, and Haudano senior secondary schools, as well as the Okahao and Lukas Dama primary schools. They each received two laptops and a photocopier.
The equipment was bought with money raised from a gala dinner held during the 2015 National Fish Consumption Day at Outapi in September.
Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau handed over the equipment here at the official launch of the 2016 Fish Consumption Day, which will take place in Ongwediva on 30 September.
Apart from being used to collect money for social upliftment and educational support, the Day aims to promote fish consumption across the country.
“I encourage Namibians to eat fish at least three times a week because fish is very nutritional,” said Esau.
The event also serves as a platform to teach people how to cook fish, promote fish species found in Namibia and educate the nation about the fishing industry.
“It is the day when we celebrate our rich stocks of various fish, the nutritional, economic and social importance of eating Namibian fish,” he said.
Esau noted that the fishing sector, which employs 15 200 people directly, earned about N.dollars 10 billion through foreign exchange inflows last year.
“We increased the number of fishing right holders from 115 to 338 since 2012, and are increasingly shifting focus away from individual right holders to groups, particularly from previously disadvantaged communities, in order to maximise the number of people benefiting.”
The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust covers 12 regions with a total of 16 fish shops so far.
Esau said more fish shops were recently established in the remote areas of Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region and Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region.