24 Oct 2013 16:00pm
RUNDU, 24 OCT (NAMPA) - Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernard Esau says the demand for saltwater fish in Namibia has shown such a significant increase that more cold-storage facilities are now required.
He said this during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a fish shop at Rundu on Thursday.
The minister said the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) distributed 4 800 metric tonnes of horse mackerel throughout the country between January and August this year, compared to last year when 3 800 metric tonnes of fish were distributed.
This increase was attributed to the promotions effected by the NFCPT, as well as the nutrients people derive from eating fish.
Esau indicated that 60 metric tonnes of fish were sold at Rundu last week, an area which is traditionally also known for the consumption of freshwater fish.
The town of Rundu has for many years experienced stampedes and long queues of people wanting to purchase fish at the Rundu Open Market whenever new stock arrived.
Meanwhile, Rundu Urban Constituency Councillor Nimrod Muremi said the new fish shop will serve the residents of Rundu better, as they will have easier access.
He requested the Fisheries Ministry to consider establishing a similar shop for rural communities, whom he described as the poorest of the poor.
The Rundu fish shop, for which construction is expected to commence next week, is being built at a cost of N.dollars 3 million.
It will house a cold-storage facility, office, boardroom, canteen, storeroom, shower and toilet facilities.
The shop is expected to be completed in April next year.
The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by Angolas Fisheries Minister, Dr Victoria Debario Neto.