WINDHOEK, JUNE 5 – The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) has partnered with the Sam Nujoma Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre (SANUMARC) at the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Sam Nujoma Campus in Henties Bay, to undertake a national survey to determine the per capita fish consumption at both regional and national levels.
The survey’s main objectives include determining Namibia’s per capita fish consumption, evaluating the value of fish consumed locally annually, identifying regional fish consumption patterns in each region, and determining the preferred type of fish at the regional level.
NFCPT’s strategic position is aligned with its mission to accelerate fish consumption locally, thereby contributing to poverty eradication and building a healthy Namibian workforce as it forges ahead with its national goals.
Mr. Victor Pea, NFCPT Chief Executive Officer, said: “The current fish consumption per capita stands at 16.59 kg, an improvement from 11.4 kg in 2018, but still below the world average of 20.4 kg.
“We anticipate a significant increase after the completion of the survey, as required by our line Ministry, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. Achieving our target of 20.4 kg fish consumption per person per year necessitates the consumption of approximately 51,000 MT of fish, valued at around N$787 million, within various towns in Namibia.”
According to Prof Kenneth Matengu, UNAM Vice Chancellor, “The Sam Nujoma Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre, in collaboration with the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, is well-equipped and capable of conducting this survey.
“The University of Namibia has a strong research pedigree, and our expertise in marine and coastal studies will ensure the collection of accurate and valuable data for informed decision-making regarding fish consumption in Namibia.”
Dr Samuel Mafwila, Director of Sam Nujoma Campus & the Centre, said: “We are proud to affirm that SANUMARC has established itself as a prominent and reliable research Centre, and player in generating scientific, social, and economic knowledge for the benefit of the fishing industry and the Nation at large. Our dedicated team is fully prepared to undertake the survey.
“With our expertise and experience, we are confident in our ability to deliver accurate and comprehensive data that will contribute to the advancement of the fish consumption landscape in Namibia.”
The administrative aspect of the survey began in April 2023, and fieldwork is scheduled to commence later this month. The project, valued at N$3 million, is expected to conclude in September 2023. ~Namibia Daily News