New Era (Windhoek)

13 February 2013

Namibia: Leonardville Hails N$20 Million Aquaculture Project

Leonardville — The Leonardville community in the Omaheke Region lauded the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources for introducing aquaculture in their village, saying the community-driven project will create much-needed jobs for the community.

Leonardville is situated 134 kilometres south of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region in the eastern part of Namibia. The fish farm that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources established last year is soon expected to start producing its first catch for the village on the fringes of the Kalahari desert.

"We are very happy as people from Leonardville to have such a project that can uplift our living standard, as it will create some employment for us especially the young people," said Petra Witbooi a member of the community.

Witbooi says she is very proud and thankful to the Ministry of Fisheries for bringing about the realisation of such a novel project in the area from which the community hopes to benefit, not to mention learning about fresh water fish farming.

"I feel very happy. I think it will positively change the lives of the residents of Leonardvile, because it is part of development. It will also develop our people and end the culture of waiting for handouts and to become more self-sustaining," said Frederick Afrikaner.

Afrikaner said the fish project will definitely reduce poverty within Leonardville. Another member of the community Maria Abrahams agreed, saying the project will go a long way in reducing poverty and unemployment in the community.

"We are happy about the fish project, because it will create more jobs and attract investors to the village," said Abrahams. Close to 100 people will be employed once the N$20 million project is completed in August this year.

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