Monday, November 17, 2014

Extra Ordinary Fish Harvest at Epalela Fish Farm: 14 November2014

Honourable Bernhard Esau with Elizabeth Ndiviayele to his right
The Honourable Minister, Bernhard Esua of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) inniated this extra-ordinary event. The Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries (DoAIF) under the leadership of the Director, Dr. Moses Maurihungirire planned the event at Epalela Fish Farm to showcase fresh water aquaculture to the general public. Ms. Elizabeth Niviayele and her team from the Northwest sub-Division  did an excellent job in organizing the event.
Dr. Moses Maurihungirire, Director of Ceremonies with Honourable Deputy Minister, Chief Ankama listening attentively

The event was attended by droves of  interested people from the area, potential buyers, MFMR staff, political dignitaries and the media. The MFMR was well represented. Honourable Minister, B. Esua and Deputy Minister Chief Ankama were present. Dr. Moses Maurihungirire guided proceedings as the Master of Ceremony. The Honourable Governor of the Omusati Region welcomed everybody present to her Region and Epalela Fish Farm. Honourable Minister Berhard Esau officially opened the event reassuring the Namibian public about the MFMR commitment to aquaculture promotion in order to address household food security and improve nutrition of the Namibian nation with the  high quality of fish protein produced with aquaculture in Namibia. Elizabeth Ndivayele, Chief Fisheries Biologist in the MFMR for the Northwest Regions then proceeded to brief the audience on the procedures for the fish harvest.  

Honourable Minister B. Esua adressing the audience
Elizabeth Ndivayele briefing the audience on the fish harvest

A total of 6 ton of tilapia (3-Spot tilapia) was harvested in the presence of a pleasantly amused crowd. Large scoops of fish were collected from the pond and eagerly moved up the bank with Honourable Minister Bernhard Esau leading the way. The fish was then transported to the sorting, packaging and chill freezer for sale to the public. A crowd gathered and wated in lines to buy the fresh fish. The MFMR treated the guests and the general public to a delicious fresh fish meal.

Job well done ...!!!  

The North west team from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries busy dragging the net for the harvest
3 ton of healthy 3-Spot tilapia from one pond for public consumption
Honourable Deputy Minister Chief Ankama and Honourable Minister Esua in high spirit with the successful harvest
Cuban Aquaculture experts, Mr Eldys and Ernesto enjoying the proceedings
Aquaculture staff from the North west sub-Division  sorting the fish
Packaging of the fish to be frozen in the chill freezers
Lucia Dula waiting in line for a delicous meal

Members of the public patiently waiting in line to purchase the fresh fish

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