The Tanzanian government has finalized plans to introduce cage fish farming in Kagera region in efforts to increase revenue from fisheries resources.
Rashid Tamatamah, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Livestock Development (Fisheries) said, “For quite a long time, the contribution from the fisheries sector has remained minimal contributing to only 1, 71 per cent of the nation’s GDP.
President Samia Suluhu Hassan has directed the Ministry of Livestock Development to take bold steps to increase the sector’s contribution to GDP.
Tanzania is endowed with vast major water bodies, including lakes such as Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa and rivers.”
Tamatamah added that Kagera region was chosen as a pilot area where cage fish farming would be implemented before the programme is expanded to other areas.
He explained that the Arusha based Nelson Mandela African Institution of Sciences and Technology will spearhead research on aquatic creatures and will soon open a campus in Bukoba Municipal Council.
“We are delighted that the MoU for the implementation of the project has been finalized. Every one of us should play his/her role to increase revenue from fisheries resources. We have the ability and capacity of doing this,” he said.
The Center for Aquaculture Technology has already been completed located at Lubambangwe village, in Geita Region’s Chato District a project that cost about 3,7bn/ on completion. Tanzania Agricultural Catalytic Trust (TACT) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. John Kyaruzi commended authorities in Kagera Region for allocating enough land at Kyamalange village in Bukoba Rural’s Rubafu Ward, where cage fish farming activities will be conducted on pilot basis. TACT will finance the programme.
The fisheries are vital in creating employment opportunities, mostly rural-based, thereby helping to reduce rural-urban migration.
Fish is also a rich source of animal protein for human consumption and provides raw material (fish-meal) for processing animal feeds.
The fish industry contributes to GDP and has continued to be an important source of foreign exchange earned from fish exports.
Besides, the fish industry contributes to the national and local government revenues through levying of various taxes, levies and license fees.