30 Sep 2016 22:30pm
NKURENKURU, 30 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) now has retail outlets in 12 regions, following the opening of its newest shop here in the Kavango West Region on Thursday.
The remaining two regions still to be covered are Zambezi and Otjozondjupa.
We see our presence in Nkurenkuru as a strategic alignment of our institution towards complimenting the National Development Goals as stipulated in the National Development Plans 1, 2, 3, and 4 inclusive of both the Vision 2030 and Harambee Prosperity Plan targets, said NFCPT Board Deputy Chairperson Julian Engelbrecht during the launch of the shop.
He said the trust has achieved a key target which was to popularise fish as the mainstay of a healthy family meal.
This is evident with the trust having distributed 6 274.19 metric tons during the 2015/16 financial period.
We celebrate this achievement largely due to the fact that in comparison to the mere 500 metric tons distributed in 2001, this is indeed an achievement worth mentioning, he noted.
Also speaking at the launch, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau lauded the Trust for its efforts.
The trusts ability to continuously deliver on their mandate remains an inspiration and the fact they do so without the bail-out of government is a further testimony of their resilience, fortitude and prudent management, he said.
Esau said the shop is the beginning of its investment into the town of Nkurenkuru.
He further informed the gathering that the trust has acquired land in the town with the view to construct a permanent structure of its own.
Currently, the trust supports local entrepreneurs by renting space to host the fish shop.
I would like to urge the board of trustees to make sure that the envisaged shop is constructed as soon as is practical possible, Esau stressed.