State keen to revive Fishing Corporation

01Jun 2016
Lydia Shekighenda
The Guardian
State keen to revive Fishing Corporation

THE government yesterday said that it is reviving Tanzania Fishing Corporation (TAFICO), which was established in 1974 to manage fishing activities in the country.

Dr Faustine Ndugulile

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and People with Disabilities), Anthony Mavunde said the government is partnering with other stakeholders to ensure that the corporation becomes operational.

He was responding to a question by Dr Faustine Ndugulile (Kigamboni--CCM) who wanted to know government plans to revive the corporation.
Mavunde said a cabinet proposal would soon be submitted for appropriate action.

The deputy minister said the corporation was in 1996 placed under the then Presidential Parastatal Sector Reform Commission for privatisation arrangement but was in 2005 removed from the list of corporations lined up for privatisation and placed under the ministry.

However, in 2007 the cabinet ruled against TAFICO privatisation, directing that all its immovable assets, including land be reserved for government uses.

In his basic question, Ndugulile attributed TAFICO’s collapse to poor management and asked about government strategy to manage deep fishing for the country to benefit from fishing revenues.

Mavunde said through the Deep Sea Fishing Authority (DSFA), the Zanzibar and Union governments are determined to control all revenues from fishing activities in the deep sea.

"This authority has the responsibility of managing fishing activities including issuing licences to foreign fishing vessels in the country's exclusive economic zone,” said Mavunde.

However, the authority conducts air patrols and uses vessel monitoring system to curb illegal fishing activities, said the deputy minister, adding that the government is working on the construction of fishing harbour to enable foreign fishing vessels to dock in the country.