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Government woos aquaculture investors

NAMIBIA - FISHERIES and Marine Resources Minister Abraham Iyambo says the country's aquaculture projects have progressed and developed significantly, turning into a solid base since a law was put in place to implement the national aquaculture policy in 2002.

In an interview with The Namibian ahead of the Aquaculture Investors Conference scheduled for next week, Iyambo said taking into consideration the strides made in aquaculture, it was imperative that both local and international investors focused on Namibia's aquaculture products.

Iyambo, with a team that included experts, has spent the last three weeks touring fish farms.

The areas visited included Hardap, Epukiro and Otjinene, and the Omusati, Caprivi and Kavango regions.

The Minister said he would soon embark on the second leg of his tour, during which he would visit fish farms in the south.

In the Omusati Region - where there are some of the best fish farms - the Government built, with funds from Spain, a centre which is doing well and has become a training and capacity-building centre.