27 May 2013 09:10
By Olavi Haikera
MUYAKO, 27 MAY (NAMPA) - Namibian freshwater fish have penetrated the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambian markets, and are being sold by community members from the Muyako village in the Caprivi Region.
The fish are harvested from Lake Liambezi and the Zambezi River, and locals from this village situated some 60km east of Katima Mulilo are reportedly making good money.
The fish are transported with trucks via the Wenela border post between Caprivi and Zambia, and then to the Kasumbalesa border post between Zambia and the DRC.
Community members from the Muyako village and surrounding areas have been harvesting a particular species of freshwater fish known as ?bream? since 2009, and previously only sold it to individuals and at the Katima Mulilo Open Market.
However, the demand for fish gradually grew in neighbouring countries, especially the DRC, and the villagers then started exporting it to those countries, said one of the fisherwomen, Precious Nyambe.
Fishermen and women pay a permit costing N.dollars 1 500 at the Zambian Customs? Office to have their fish transported and sold at Kasumbalesa, while a fishing net licence obtained from the Namibian Fisheries and Marine Resources? Ministry costs between N.dollars 50 and N.dollars 200 per year, depending on the size of the net.
Nyambe, who started harvesting in Lake Liambezi in 2009, told Nampa upon a visit to the lake on Saturday that they make more money when they sell fish to those countries.
She said they often make up to N.dollars 30 000 per week off 10 000 pieces of fish.
Nyambe indicated that some two weeks ago, a visually-impaired fisherman from a village near the Muyako area generated about N.dollars 150 000 from his fish after it was sold in the DRC.
To increase their harvests, the fishermen and women whose homes are about 5km away from Lake Liambezi, have since established temporary hut structures along the lake where they sleep, as it enables them to fish in the evenings or early mornings.