Eat fish, Namibians urged

Namibia’s Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo said at the official inauguration of a fish centre and restaurant called Coral Reef Ongwediva Restaurant and Fish Centre, that fish is rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals and fatty acids, which are vital for the proper functioning of the human body organs and hence sustain health. The minister noted that fish has very low calories and it is an answer for those who want to keep their bodies slim and slender. “I am personally convinced that unless a country has a capability to feed its population, no social economic development will take place,” Iyambo said, adding that empty stomach mean a weak workforce. He stated further that what the people need, first and foremost, is food security as a fundamental human right. Iyambo then encouraged the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT), which is in charge of the Coral Reef Ongwediva Restaurant and Fish Centre, to intensify its fish eating promotion campaign in the remotest rural areas. “Our citizens live more in the rural areas. It is in these areas where poverty and food security is at times a concern,” the minister pointed out. He indicated that a variety of marine fish would be sold at Coral Reef Ongwediva and so would fish from the different aquaculture farms such as tilapia and catfish. Iyambo said his ministry is planning a seminar to be attended by more than 200 fish farmers currently registered in Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana, Oshikoto and Kunene regions. “This gathering will accord the fish farmers an opportunity to exchange ideas on challenges they face,” said Iyambo He appealed to the Oshana regional governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa to organize the venue for the seminar in his region. Chairperson of the board of the NFCPT, David Nuyoma, revealed at the same occasion that apart from the Coral Reef Ongwediva Restaurant and Fish Centre, other satellites are being developed in other parts of the country. Nuyoma said the Coral Reef Ongwediva Restaurant and Fish Centre was established at a cost of about N$2 million.

May 2006
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