Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Aquaculture in Namibia

Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources in Windhoek

Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute, the hub of freshwater aquaculture in Namibia

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is located at the corner of Uhlands and Goethe streets. From the airport drive along Sam Nujoma Drive. As soon as you reach the main city of Windhoek, on your right, take the Nelson Mandela Avenue, drive towards the north and at the second traffic lights, turn left up the hill to reach Uhland Street. Turn right and you will get to the corner of Goethe Street on your left after two stops only. The Directorate of Aquaculture is on the second floor.

Aquaculture Training and Research main office is at Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI) about 937 km from Windhoek by road. To reach KIFI you turn to your right from the Trans Caprivi Highway at Divundu towards the Mohembo border post between Namibia and Botswana. Travel for about 20 km until you find the Kamutjonga turn-off to your left. Travel for about one kilometer until you reach the gate of Kamutjonga Fisheries Institute (KIFI)  

The overall mandate of MFMR is:
To  sustainably manage the  living aquatic resources and promote the aquaculture sector.

Vision Statement:
For Namibia to be a leading fishing nation with a well developed aquaculture industry

To responsibly manage living aquatic  resources to continuously ensure a conducive  environment for the fishing and aquaculture sector to prosper
 The Aquaculture Sector (Fresh Water and Mariculture)

The aquaculture sector should make meaningful contribution to poverty alleviation and food security through job creation, economic and rural development and to significantly contribute towards economic growth and socio-economic well being in Namibia

To create a diverse fresh water sector for maximizing socio-economic opportunities and benefits for all its people, and develop a marine aquaculture industry that is both sustainably profitable and engaged with other sectors.

Main Activities of the Directorate
1. To produce primarily tilapia (Oreochromisandersonii), catfish (Clariasgariepinus) and carp (Cyprinuscarpio) for freshwater; whileas oysters (Crassostriagigas&Ostreaedulis) and abalones (Haliotismidae) are predominately produced under mariculture.
 2. Fish feed production, using local available ingredients.
 3.Identification of potential local small scale farmers for food security
 4. Responsible development with regard to aquatic disease surveillance.
 5.Research and survey
 6.Monitoring and control of shared rivers (Kavango& Zambezi)
7.To ensure that aquaculture in Namibia is aligned with global best practices, the Government has put in place several politics, namely:
·                 Aquaculture Policy (2001),
·                 Aquaculture Act (2002)
·                 Regulation of Licensing (2003)
·                 Aquaculture Strategic Plan (2004)
·                 Import – Export Health Regulations (2010)

The Ministry is at the final stage of developing a National Aquaculture Master Plan for both Freshwater and Marine Aquaculture, which will be documented by July 2012.

The Government of Namibia anticipates freshwater aquaculture to enhance food security, generate income and improve rural livelihoods through a pro-poor policy with production targeted primarily to ensure food security in local communities, marine aquaculture known as mariculture targets farming of high value export species.

The Directorate of Aquaculture as of 2012 has 89 staff from a total of 103 approved positions.
Administrators: 10
Technicians: 35

What Is Aquaculture?
Aquaculture is defined as the cultivation of aquatic organisms, such as fish and shellfish or of plants, such as seaweed, in a controlled and sometimes enclosed body of water. On a technical level, aquaculture is defined in Namibia 's Aquaculture Act (no. 18 of 2002) as the “farming and ranching of aquatic organisms”. Both terms include the use of salty, fresh or brackish water.
There are two forms of aquaculture, which we differentiated with respect to their location, and by the nature of the type of aquaculture being practiced. These are “marine aquaculture” and “ inland aquaculture”.

More Links on Aquaculture 

Feed Plant/Factory 
FMR Regional and planned offices 
Aquaculture Production 
Aquaculture marketing and Employement 
Aquaculture projects countrywide

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