29 Sep 2019 12:00pm
OMUTHIYA, 29 SEP (NAMPA) The national fish consumption promoting fundraising gala dinner held by the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region has on Friday raised N.dollars 1.2 million in cash and pledges.
Seven undisclosed fishing companies at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region are said to have pledged the highest combined amount of N.dollars 800 000.
The money raised remains with the Oshikoto Regional Council and will be channelled towards educational needs in the region.
Speaking at the gala dinner, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau said the NFCPT is a success story in terms of the promotion of fish consumption in Namibia.
With respect to fish promotion, during the period under review, the Trust has conducted 12 regional promotions in Erongo, ||Kharas, Hardap, Khomas, Omaheke, Kavango West, Kavango East, Omusati, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa, Zambezi and Kunene north and south, Esau told those present.
He noted that during the promotions, the public has been engaged and educated on the health benefits of consuming fish.
Also on how to prepare different fish cuisines, in addition to selling assorted frozen products to the communities residing away from the established fish outlets, thus taking fish to the people, cited the minister.
He went on to say NFCPT also continues to host the annual National Fish Consumption Day (NFCD), a day held to promote and create awareness around fish consumption and celebrate the Namibian fishing industry.
NFCPT, Esau said, employs various means and mediums to disseminate information on the health benefits of consuming fish through plays, football, music, live demonstrations and print information dissemination during the NFCD.
Through the proceeds collected from the NFCD Breakfast Launch and Gala Dinner earlier this year, Esau said, the Trust donated 1 387 school mattresses valued at N.dollars 478 510 and 12 computers worth N.dollars 221 490 to the Kunene Region.
In terms of distribution, NFCPT through its various fish retail outlets and promotion sales distributed a combined quantity of 7 116 metric tons of frozen products this financial year, Esau stated.
These products were sold through its 17 fish outlets and regional fish promotions in the regions of Erongo, Khomas, Kunene, Hardap, ||Kharas, Kavango West, Kavango East, Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Omaheke.
Esau added that fish was also supplied to the just-opened Katima Mulilo Fish Shop in the Zambezi Region, while plans are underway to establish one more fish shop in the Otjozondjupa Region before the end of 2019/2020 financial year.
Some companies in the fishing sector also donated boxes of fish to the Oshikoto Regions Tsintsabis Combined School (CS), Onkumbula CS and Ompito CS during Fridays gala dinner.
The NFCD held at Omuthiya was celebrated with the Bernhard Esau sports tournament alongside the sales and cooking of fish conducted on Saturday.