23 February 2013

Tanzania: Fisheries Sector Dogged By Lack of Qualified Personnel

LACK of skilled people and youth training are the biggest challenges facing the fisheries sector, according to an official in the government.Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development Mr Benedict Nangoro made the remarks during the inauguration of workers' council of the Fisheries Education and Training Agency (FETA) in Dar es Salaam .

He said insufficient funds and unpaid loans were among the challenges which contributed to bad performance in the fisheries sector. "I am happy to hear that FETA will be conducting training at Kigoma centre in the Lake Tanganyika zone," he said, adding that such centres will also provide in-service training.

He noted that FETA would not only help solve the challenges but would also provide equipment for sustainable fishery services.The Deputy Minister advised FETA to make sure the training is conducted at the national level while seeking international recognition.According to Mr Nangoro, the demand for fish in the world had increased, and there was need for efficiency in the business.

FETA will be restructured to increase the number of students , the Deputy Minister said.

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