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The FAO is looking to strengthen and accelerate inland aquaculture development in Namibia. (Photo: USAID)

Aquaculture gets financial, technological boost

NAMIBIA
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 23:40 (GMT + 9)

Aquaculture projects are being promoted by a five-year technical agreement for six Namibian regions signed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Vietnam and the Namibian Government, and financing by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) and the Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank).

MFMR will profit from the technical and practical know-how of the 12 Vietnamese aquaculture and marine specialists who will be working in Namibia for the duration of the contract, July 2010 - July 2014. The agreement was requested of the FAO by Namibia.

Vietnam will share its aquaculture expertise with the regions of Caprivi, Oshana, Omusati, Hardap, Karas and Kavango and at various inland and aquaculture institutes per the agreement. The Asian nation is well-known for its inland fish farms, which generate a large portion of the country’s revenues.

The deal is being financed with NAD 12 million (USD 1.5 million) from the Spanish Cooperation Office in Namibia. The funds will cover all implementation and operational costs. Spanish Ambassador to Namibia Alfonso Barnuevo said the grant represents the two countries’ mutual support of each other, reports New Era.

Additionally, Namibia’s Government will be investing NAD 3 million (USD 387,107) for the scheme.

FAO will conduct periodical reviews and provide technical assistance along with the Vietnamese experts.

FAO will “strengthen and accelerate inland aquaculture development in Namibia so that it can play a greater role in the fight against hunger and poverty,” said FAO Resident Representative Dr Admir Bay.

Namibian Fisheries Minister Abraham Iyambo lauded FAO and Spain for their acquiescence to the African nation’s request.

The tripartite agreement was signed as part of the South-South Cooperation in Aquaculture, a white paper policy running between Namibia and Vietnam that was established for the former’s National Plan for Food Security (NPFS) to benefit from Vietnam’s best practice methods of aquaculture.

At the same time, MFMR and Agribank have committed to supporting national aquaculture projects by signing a guidelines document that will lead to a financing agreement between both institutions. Per the agreement, Agribank will fund aquaculture projects proven to be self-sustainable and that can create jobs and food security.

Projects seeking finance will have to meet the document’s strict criteria.

Iyambo thanked Agribank for its help, highlighting the industry’s funding problems since the country began practicing aquaculture in 1999.
CEO of Agribank Ambassador Leonard Iipumbu said the bank received applications from the public seeking NAD 350 million (USD 45.2 million) in aquaculture. Now that guidelines have been established, Agribank will provide NAD 8 million (USD 1 million) during the current financial year.

Agribank has already funded two aquaculture projects: Walvis Bay-based Nam-Aqua Oyster Farming for NAD 2.2 million (USD 283,878) and Rainbow Fresh Water Farm in Omusati Region for an undisclosed sum.

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By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com

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