Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya on Monday said Cabinet has given a directive that the harvesting of marine resources, such as fish, be utilised in the government’s drought relief programmes.
The harvesting of marine resources will also be used to meet the objectives of the Namibia Fish Consumption Trust (NFCT).
Making the announcement, Tweya said Cabinet has directed that the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia be the designated entity to harvest marine resources on behalf of the State and to monetise such resources for the State’s utilisation.
Tweya told New Era that the move is part of government’s strategy to address poverty.
“Poor people will be catered for through drought relief,” said the minister, who explained that poor people would no longer buy fish under this programme.
The company that will be harvesting the marine resources, such as fish, will also sell part of the fish and make money to cover the cost of fuel as that will no longer be subsidised by government.
The ministry of information is expected to announce further details regarding this initiative to the public, as per Cabinet procedures. The process will be conducted with assistance from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Office of the Attorney General.