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Call to Facilitate Modern Fishing in Tanga Region

TANZANIA - The government has been asked to establish special projects to make wananchi, particularly young people in Tanga Region, engage in modern fishing. This would help in reducing unemployment among the youth, Ms Amina Mohamed Mwidau (CUF Special Seats), said yesterday in asking a question.

She noted that Tanga, like other regions located along the Indian Ocean, was endowed with fisheries resources which create major activities for most people but there were no special plans to improve fishermen's standard of living, reports AllAfrica.

Responding to the question, the deputy minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries, Mr Benedict Ole Nangoro, said the government has a plan to develop the fishing sector in the whole country. This was part of efforts to improve fish production and living standards of fishermen, including young people, through increasing the national income.

"The strategies are identified in the five-year national development programme as well as in the fishing sector development programme (FSDP)," noted Mr Nangoro, according to All Africa.

In the programme, there are special activities identified to be implemented. They include research, extension training, aquaculture, capacity building in legal matters and institutional development in the fishing sector, he said, continuing: "As part of implementation of the strategies between the year 2008 and 2010, the government through the Marine and Coastal Environment Management Project (MACEMP) has sponsored a total of 93 economic projects for the fishing community in Tanga Region."

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