09 Oct 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) The Osona Fishing Company donated over 400 boxes of canned fish to more than 250 vulnerable community members in the 7de Laan informal settlement here on Monday.
Each member will receive 12 cans; the remainder of the fish will be distributed later.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau said the policy objectives of the ministry are to share fish and fishery products with the needy members of various communities nationally.
We, therefore, have a deliberate policy to encourage those Namibians who have been granted rights into our fisheries to share the products of this fishery with less fortunate members of our society, said Esau.
He noted that right holders are directed to sell 30 per cent of Namibias horse mackerel fish locally, so that Namibians can have access to fish.
We equally wish to encourage a culture of fish eating in Namibia, because we need to have a healthy and well-nourished population, Esau mentioned.
On her part, Osona Fishing Company Chairperson, Selma Petrus called for an extraordinary commitment to a better life for all Namibians through the involvement of corporate companies in their social responsibility programmes.
We are committed to being accountable to the Namibian nation with dedication, commitment, integrity, discipline and hard work to eradicate poverty for the common good of all, Petrus noted.
The company will make another donation of fish and clothing on Thursday to the Uis community in the Erongo Region.
Osona Fish Company is made up of six Namibian-owned companies as fishing right holders.