Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust a successful drive: Esau

The national fish consumption promoting fundraising gala dinner held by the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region has on Friday raised N.dollars 1.2 million in cash and pledges.

Undisclosed seven fishing companies at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region are said to have pledged the highest combined amount of N.dollars 800 000.

The money raised remains with the Oshikoto Regional Council and will be channelled towards the educational needs in the region.

Speaking at the gala dinner, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau said the NFCPT is a successful story in terms of the promotion of fish consumption in Namibia.

With respect to fish promotion, during the period under review, the Trust has conducted 12 Regional Promotions in the following regions: Erongo, //Kharas, Hardap, Khomas, Omaheke, Kavango West, Kavango East, Omusati, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa, Zambezi and Kunene North and Kunene South, Esau told those present.

He noted that during the promotions, the public has been engaged and educated on the health benefits of consuming fish.

As well as on how to prepare different fish cuisines, in addition to selling frozen assorted products to the communities residing away from the established fish outlets, thus taking fish to the people, cited the Minister.

He went on to say the Trust also continues to host the annual Fish Consumption Promotion Day (NFCD), a day held to create awareness around fish consumption and celebrate Namibian fisheries and the fishing industry.

The Trust, Esau said, employs various means and medium to disseminate information on the health benefits of consuming fish through plays, football, music, live demonstrations and print information dissemination during the NFCD.

Through the proceeds collected from the NFCD Breakfast Launch and Gala Dinner earlier this year, Esau said, the Trust donated 1 387 school mattresses valued at N.dollars 478 510 and 12 computers worth N.dollars 221 490.00, to the Kunene Region.

In terms of distribution, the Trust has distributed, through its various fish retail outlets and promotion sales, a combined quantity of 7 116 metric tons of frozen products this financial year, Esau stated.

These products were sold through its 17 fish outlets and regional fish promotions in the regions of Erongo, Khomas, Kunene, Hardap, //Kharas, Kavango West, Kavango East, Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Omaheke.

He added that the just opened Katima Mulilo Fish Shop in the Zambezi Region was also supplied the fish, while plans are under way to establish one more fish shop in the Otjozondjupa region before the end of 2019/2020 financial year.

Some companies in the fishing sector also donated boxes of fish to the Oshikoto Region's Tsintsabis Combined School (CS), Onkumbula CS and Ompito CS during Friday's gala dinner.

The NFCD held at Omuthiya was celebrated with the sports tournament called Bernhard Esau, as well as the sales and cooking of the fish conducted on Saturday.

Source: Namibia Press Agency