Windhoek — Two new fish shops opened in the towns of Opuwo and Outapi last week. The fish shops belong to the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust and have been opened with support from the Spanish government.
The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) has been rolling out fish outlets across the country in a bid to increase fish consumption in rural areas. The shops sell fish and other seafood products at affordable prices. By establishing direct distribution networks to rural outposts the fish shops are making fish products more accessible to rural populations, thus providing a way of increasing the protein levels in the diets of rural populations.
The Spanish government has been extending support to the Namibian fisheries sector since 2002, while the cooperation with the NFCPT started in 2009, according to the Spanish Ambassador to Namibia Carmen Diez, who officiated at the opening with the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau.
Some important objectives included in the cooperation have already been successfully met. These include opening a fish shop in Eenhana in April this year, delivery of two new refrigerated trucks to the NFCPT, the conclusion of several training programmes, the creation of a NFCPT website, and putting out a recipe book of Namibian fish dishes.