The government will next year construct fish landing sites in three regions on the coast of Lake Tanganyika in a project known as Integrated Regional Development Programme (PRODAP).
The money for construction works has been provided as a loan by the African Development Fund (ADF) and will benefit Katavi, Rukwa and Kigoma regions.
However when asked to give the figure, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the VPO, Ngosi Mwihava, said his office is still consulting with the ADF on the matter.
“We have decided to present it that way because we are still working with the ADF on the amount of funds to be dished out for the project,” he said.
A press statement issued by the Vice President’s Office which has been tasked to administer the loan said in Katavi Region the site will be constructed at Ikola village located in Mpanda District
In Rukwa Region it will be constructed at Kirando area located in Nkasi District, while in Kigoma Region it will be constructed at Kibirizi in Kigoma Municipality and Muyobosi village in Kigoma District.
According to the statement, the Vice President’s Office has invited eligible bidders for the construction of the fish landing sites in the mentioned areas.
The work consists of construction of a fish landing site comprising some infrastructures namely fish receiving slabs and pier, fish receiving and auction hut, toilet block, store building, fence and site works, fish packaging hut, guard house, water supply and sanitation systems, the statement said.
It is expected that the construction work would start early next year, since the bids will be opened on January 3, 2013.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), fish is an important source of animal protein and it contributes to 27 percent of the total animal protein consumption in the country.
The fisheries sector employs about 150,000 full time artisanal fishermen and about 2 other million people make their livelihoods through various fisheries-related activities.
Such activities include boat building, net mending, fish processing, food vending and other petty businesses.
Experts say fish demand is still high in Tanzania in relation with the growing population, for which the available fisheries resource are not sufficient.
In response to this situation, the government is encouraging aquaculture as a strategy to improve food security and at the same time to ensure sustainability of the captured fishery.
The main consumer markets for fish and fishery products from Tanzania are the domestic market and neighbouring countries including the SADC region, Asian countries and the European Union provide the main market for Nile perch fillets and shrimps.
Fishery sector performance contributes about 2.9 percent to the GDP, and about 27 percent of the animal protein consumed in the country.
In 2005 Tanzania exported fish worth USD145.3m.