Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

1 September 2014

Tanzania: FETA Toasted for Boosting Fisheries Sector

THE government has commended Fisheries Education and Training Agency (FETA) - Nyegezi Campus for its dedication and support for complementing the country's fishing initiatives by providing training to young Tanzanians enabling them to employ themselves.

The Acting Mwanza Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Mr Ndallo Kwilijira, said at the weekend that the Agency has done a wonderful job in the Lake Zone regions since its inception in 1966. Mr Kwilijira was the guest of honour during the third graduation ceremony which was held at the weekend at FETA campus.

"Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you on the efforts you have shown in educating and training our fellow Tanzanians, since your inception in 1966, especially by providing both fishing education and various trainings; as the government, we are recognizing your presence here and we are very proud of you," Mr Kwilijira said.

He, however, thanked the Agency for its creativity of providing new fishing entrepreneur trainings with the aim of building capacity to the graduates after the completion of their courses.

"This is the only way of bringing development to our country as our universities are targeting to empower the graduates to create their own projects instead of getting employed by the government," said Mr Kwilijira.

He said that in the beginning, government colleges were providing training in order to get its officers who were employed direct from the colleges, but today the government does not have the ability to employ the graduates although the need is very high.

"Only private sector can do this, therefore, it is my hope that you graduates present today will grab jobs from that sector," he added. On illegal fishing, he appealed to fishermen in the Lake Zone Region to stop it as there are many human activities continuing around Lake Victoria.

He said that there are fishermen who are using unauthorised nets and dynamites, which destroy fishes in the lake. "By so doing, they are practicing illegal fishing, let me take this opportunity to ask them to stop such bad practices, for the betterment of our country and the economy, as the fishing sector plays an important role in the economy," he said, adding, .

"There are many human activities close to the lake, some of them use chemicals and pollute the lake; let it be known to you that there are laws and regulations on sustainable fishing."

According to him, the Nile perch which is ready to be harvested must be 50 to 85 centimetres long and tilapia must 25 centimetres long.

The Acting FETA- Campus Principle, Mr Charles Swai, said the agency is continuing with its efforts of providing quality education and make its graduates employ themselves. "In this period, fewer graduates engaged in self help projects or were employed by private fisheries," Mr Swai said.

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