Shakawe — Okavango fishermen and women have been advised to group themselves into syndicates for easy access of government aid and improved production.
Speaking at the national fish market day and expo in Shakawe recently, Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr Ronald Shamukuni said clusters could do better than individuals in terms of production.
He said there was still abundant fish market in Botswana, while suppliers do not even meet the demand such that the country end up importing fish from outside.
Mr Shamukuni also advised that those who are in the fish business should know and support one another for purposes of growing the business.
Chairperson of Boiteko Fisheries, a syndicate in Samochima, Mr Kakuru Disho commended government for the immense support for their business.
He said government, through the Poverty Eradication programme bought them fishing equipment such as fridges, boats and scales among others.
"Currently our business is flourishing, we earn a living through fishing, we buy livestock and take our children to school through selling fish," he said.
Mr Rakgajane Setswalo of Shakawe regional development support society said they have started breeding fish because of climate change as rivers could go dry any time.
He said by breeding fish, they have also created employment for Okavango people.
Poverty eradication national coordinator, Mr Montshiwa Montshiwa said since inception, the programme has assisted 37 002 projects, 29 504 of which are currently operational.
He also noted that 32 500 people were employed under the Poverty Eradication programme projects.
Meanwhile, the fish market day and expo was meant to give beneficiaries exposure and market access.
The expo also aimed to encourage the development of competitive and sustainable business as well as to bring together small scale entrepreneurs to share ideas and skills.
Such an event was also aimed at, among others, building a strong relationship with various stakeholders to increase market access.
Source : BOPA