Minister says aquaculture is the way to go to ensure food security and promote healthy living for Namibians

KEETMANSHOOP: Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau yesterday said aquaculture is the way to go to ensure food security and promote healthy living for Namibians.

Esau made a pit stop at Fonteintjie, the aquaculture facility on the periphery of Tseiblaagte in Keetmanshoop, while returning from a visit to Lüderitz where he inaugurated two new vessels acquired by Government-owned fishing company, Seaflower.

The minister said aquaculture is beneficial as it can be controlled as opposed to marine life which depends on environmental factors, thus affecting breeding.

He said aquaculture was growing rapidly throughout the world, citing country examples such as Chile and Spain, where fishing was expanded to include agriculture in ensuring food security.

Describing Fonteintjie as a demonstration facility, Esau said the project served to show people of the region that it was also possible to farm with fish besides the popular stock farming practiced in Karas.

He said many farms already have dams and urged farmers to get the maximum benefit of their resources by placing fingerlings in the dams for breeding.