Aquaculture Can Tackle Poverty and Unemployment

CONGO’s minister of fisheries and aquaculture Bernard Tchibambelela yesterday called on the enhancement of aquaculture as a way to address poverty and unemployment.

He said this during the opening of bilateral talks between Congo and the Namibia fisheries ministry yesterday.

The two countries had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2011 on enhancing aquaculture and joint ventures, and plan to sign several other agreements during Tchibambelela’s visit, which ends on 18 June.

Tchibambelela said that marine resources are depleted due to overfishing and climate change. Thus, in order to feed large populations, one must invest in aquaculture, following the example set by China.

He said the two countries had tackled these issues in 2011, but that it is time to implement the decisions.

“China has developed aquaculture and farming of fish in a contained environment. We must also improve and develop aquaculture to tackle poverty and unemployment,” said Tchibambelela.

He said he hopes the two countries will come up with a joint policy to enhance fish farming in contained environments as well as in fresh water.

Esau said this agreement calls for cooperation in the fields of monitoring, control and surveillance, as well as exchange of information on fisheries and support on joint ventures, among others.

In conjunction with Tchibambelela, Esau said the Namibian government has sought to create an enabling environment for aquaculture development, which has a required policy.

He said Namibia’s fresh water aquaculture industry is recognised as a growing source of employment and offers the possibility of improving the socio-economic development of communities.

“The ability of aquaculture to alleviate poverty and enhance food security has been widely researched and proven in many countries,” said Esau.

He also added that there have been candidates from Congo who have received training at the Namibian Maritime Fisheries Institute.

Source : The Namibian