18 February 2013

Tanzania Revamps Fish Market

Kalambo — The government of Tanzania has launched a programme to improve the fish market in Kasanga - south of Lake Tanganyika. The Tsh800m ($495,835) fish market that was built two years ago on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, lacks electricity and fish storage facilities which affects the fishing sector.

In 2011, government earned $176,797.8m (Sh230.01 bn) in revenue and Sh230.01 billion, ($176,797.8 m) from fish and fisheries products.

"We want to change this move to ensure that this fish market benefits the local fishermen and the government. We are going to put in place electricity and storage facilities for fish," Kalambo district commissioner, Moshi Mussa Chang'a told East African Business Week. Chang'a noted that Tanzania fishermen sell over 100 tons of fresh fish per day to Zambian traders .

In December last year, twenty-eight Zambian fishermen were arrested by Tanzanian police for allegedly fishing on Tanzania waters, according to Zambia's police spokesperson Ms Elizabeth Kanjela.

She said that a team of Zambian defence and security officers travelled to Tanzania to negotiate their release from Matai Police Station.

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