13 Feb 2017 15:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources on Monday handed over 450 cans of fish to pensioners in the Otjiwarongo Constituency.
Bernhard Esau handed over the cans of horse mackerel, weighing 1.55 grams (g) each, to pensioners from Otjiwarongo and Kalkfeld districts.
The hand over was done at the Swanevelder Community Hall.
Esau said the consignment was donated to his office by the Kumwe Fishing company based at Walvis Bay as part of its corporate social responsibility to the Namibian people.
We also have a deliberate policy to encourage Namibians who have been granted rights into our fisheries to share the products of this fishery with the less fortunate members of our society, said Esau.
He encouraged Namibians to eat fish and their products because it is nutritious sources of protein and omega-three fatty acids.
Esau said research indicate that communities that eat more fish are healthier than the ones consuming less fish and its products.
The minister urged officials of the Otjiwarongo Municipality, who were tasked with distributing the tinned fish here, to ensure that only the targeted members benefit from the donation.
Esau said Government so far has donated over 3, 5 million cans of fish to community members in the whole country over the past five years.
Chairperson of Kumwe Fishing, Econia Petrus said this is the first huge donation of fish his company has made to government.
He said Kumwe was founded in 2011 and was granted fishing quotas to harvest demersal and hake.
Petrus added that the fish consignment donated to the Otjiwarongo community is valued at N.dollars 50 000.
Several beneficiaries, among them 86-year-old Gideon Geiseb, thanked government and Kumwe Fishing for the donation.
I thank our government for taking care of us and giving us all the basic needs and food we need, Geiseb said.
Taine Mukaru, 78, praised the leadership of President Hage Geingob for its care towards the poor, hungry and impoverished people countrywide.