The assurance was given by the Deputy Minister for works, Transport and Communications eng Atashasta Nditiye when witnessing the first cargo flight for transport of fish fillets by Ethiopian airlines from Mwanza arport.
“I would like to assure traders that the building for storing goods exists and is of high standard, freight transport also exists as well as the markets hence it is for you to grab this opportunity,” he said.
Nditiye said there are also applications from other airlines to come and airlift cargo from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza Airport.
Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade Eng Stella Manyanya said the transport of fish fillets has increased employment and income for the people of Mwanza as more than 15 factories for processing fish fillets have been established.
Mwanza Regional Commissioner John Mongella called on traders in Mwanza to have a joint forum to discuss how to improve the products they produce and added that the government was ready to solve all challenges they will submit.
A fish dealer Edwino Oking’o said having more than one airline to directly airlift fish fillets from Mwanza will enable the products reach customers in time, and added that in the past they used to store their fish until a plane becomes available, or rerouting the cargo via Nairobi.
Ethiopian airlines that has officially started transporting fish fillets, has transported more than 19 tons of the fillets and is the second to do so after RwandAir.