Friday, May 10, 2013

THE ELABORATION OF A COMMERCIALIZATION STUDY ON TILAPIA AND CATFISH IN NORTHERN NAMIBIA

José María Martínez Lago: Project Coordinator, CIAC Aquaculture Project


The field work will  be carried out between the 15th and the 27th of May, 2013.
  1. Objective:
The field work objective it to gather information about catfish and tilapia commercialization chains in Northern Namibia. The consultant will gather secondary data and information from direct sources, through interviews and meetings with different actors.
  1. Methodology:
The consultant will analyze different available sources of information to obtain relevant data to describe the conditions and interactions among the different actors connected to the two commodities objective of this consultancy.

Prior to the field work, the consultant will collect and review existing studies on value chain/market chain of aquaculture fisheries products in Namibia (ideally in the same area of intervention). The consultant will also collect and review secondary data available at national level (FAO, MFMR...) and secondary data available at local levels (regional / commune).

During the field work the consultant will maintain interviews with Namibian governmental institutions involved in the Small Scale Rural Aquaculture Development (see list below). The consultant will also interview actors of market chain identified over the previous meetings and data collected (see estimated list below).

A limitation of the study is that the data contained will not be statistically reliable, as no statistical survey will be conducted. To minimize this limitation, during the first round of interviews with the Namibian governmental institutions and through the previous data collected, the consultant will identify the most relevant actors of the commercialization chain (small scale producers, market sellers, distributors, etc) to interview them. Furthermore the information collected from secondary sources and interviews will be contrasted and validated, through a debriefing session with the Directorate of Aquaculture in Windhoek.
To obtain the best output possible the consultant will prepare questionnaires for each of the interviewees.
Meetings and interviews are to be hold with the following actors:

·         Governmental institutions. So far the following actors have been identified:
o   Inland Aquaculture Centre, Omahenene - Onavivi
o   Fish Feed Production Plant, Omahenene - Onavivi
o   Epalela Fish Farm
o   MFMR Kavango Regional Office in Rundu
o   KIFI, Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries in Divundu
o   Directorate of Aquaculture, head office MFMR, Windhoek
o   Ongwediva Inland Aquacuaculture Centre, Extension Services.
o   MFMR Caprivi Regional Office in Katima Mulilo
o   Fish Consumption Trust (FCT), Windhoek
Interviews with these agents are established in order to know in detail how the different plants (hatcheries, fish growing plant, feed elaboration) and offices work, gathering all possible data related to the commercialization chain of the mentioned commodities. Making emphasis in understanding how the extensionists service work.
·         Aquaculture small scale producers
·         Aquaculture small scale producers cooperatives
·         Street restaurant owners
·         Open Fish Markets
·         Supermarket chain
·         Shops – Restaurants Fish Consumption Trust
Interviews with these agents are established in order to know tilapia and catfish commercialization chain from their point of views. Making emphasis in its strengthens/weakness and opportunities and threads.

In case Project team is able to identify or they are identified during the field work, the following actors should be met:
·         Middle persons
·         Distributors
·         Processors
·         Ice producers

CThe proposed Agenda for the visit is available with:
José María Martínez Lago
Project Coordinator

CIAC Aquaculture Project
P.O.box:1937, Ngweze / Katima Mulilo
Tel: 066 262200
Fax: 066 252705

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