The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) on Saturday held the National Fish Consumption Market Day under the theme ‘We bring fish to the Nation.’
Officiating at the event, Derek Klazen, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources said fisheries are an excellent investment opportunity that can significantly contribute to income generation, job creation, food security, and poverty alleviation.
The market day officially concludes a series of activities which commenced on 10 October and focused on the importance of fish, not only to the economy of Namibia but also to the health of its people.
Klazen urged Namibians not to become a nation that can produce and export fish but has no idea what it tastes like, saying that fish is the healthiest and most nutritious protein available and that communities that eat more fish are healthier, have fewer cardiovascular diseases, and have less gout.
“You can open a fish shop and sell fish in the Khomas Region. Let us collaborate with the Ministry, the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT), and the industry to provide our people with access to fish for local trade and thus promote local fish trade enterprises. I am pleased to report that the NFCPT has opened two fish shops in the Khomas Region. This is a clear statement of our commitment to making affordable fish available to all of our people and to promoting local fish enterprises,” he said.
Another activity as part of the 10th National Fish Consumption Day was a football and netball tournament, which attracted 20 schools each.
The winning teams in the tournament are Moses /Garoeb Primary School in third place for Football (U-14), followed by Moses Van der Byl Primary School in second place, and Suiderhof Primary School as the overall winner in first place.
In the netball tournament U/15, Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School finished third, David Bezuidenhout Secondary School finished second, and A.Shipena Secondary School in first place.
Other activities were a demonstration of how to prepare and cook various fish cuisines so that communities can get the most out of their resources, as well as sports awards for the tournament, and a free music concert featuring performances by Sally Boss Madam, Tate Buti, Twasis, and Ethnix, among others.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency