Tanzania's per capital fish  consumption is still low’

05Aug 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania's per capital fish  consumption is still low’

APART from the war against illegal fishing that has seen the increase of fish in lakes, rivers and oceans, still fish consumption in the country is still low, a senior official has said.

Stephen Lukanga, assistant director of fisheries in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries revealed this on Monday when speaking at the ongoing Nanenane Agricultural Exhibition at Nyakabindi grounds in Simiyu Region.

 It is estimated that a Tanzanian consumes an average of 8.3kg of fish per year while the global average is 20.5 kgs per person per year. 

Lukanga said the government’s strategies at present are to mobilize Tanzanians to consume fish in big quantities to attain the world average due to ample supply of fish.

He said the operation against illegal fishing conducted in Lake Zone regions where the practice had been flourishing had positive results after stern steps were taken against those involved.

He said as for now the operation has shifted to other areas including areas with large rivers and other lakes.

The director of marine life development in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Dr Nazael Madalla said they have decided to introduce modern technology in fish farming to be used in the Tanzanian environment for the production of fish fingerlings in order to sustain fish production.

He said at the exhibition the technology they teach includes fish farming in tanks that is used in confined, urban areas by recycling the water.

He said another technology is fish farming in large ponds of water with little cost which many Tanzanians can do especially in areas with clay soil.

Deputy Governor of Bank of Tanzania (BoT) Bernard Kibasse who visited the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries pavilion said middle income economy can be sustained if Tanzanians engage themselves in better fish farming methods as the market thereof are readily available within and outside the country.

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