LUDERITZ, 28 APR – The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau on Friday said fish has the ability to play a meaningful role in the fight against poverty in the country.
Esau made these remarks while opening a new fish shop in the Extension Seven residential area in Lϋderitz in the //Kharas Region on Friday.
The Minister said that apart from the nutritional benefit of consuming fish, local sale of fish promotes enterprise development in rural and urban areas.
“When fish is available, our people are able to set up fish shops, process dried, smoked and otherwise transformed fish, and hence generate household income which greatly helps in our fight against poverty,” Esau said.
The new fish shop targets about 15 000 inhabitants of Lϋderitz and the surrounding areas.
Esau urged Namibians to consume more fish as their consumption per capita is low compared to the fish consumption of the world.
“Currently our consumption per capita is 11 kilograms (kg) per person per year which is way below the world average consumption of 20.5 kg of fish per person per year,” he said.
The fish shop was constructed under the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust which aims to promote national fish consumption.
The fish shop features a retail area, fish processing area, cold store, canteen and one office.