Sunday, March 8, 2015

INAUGURATION OF KATIMA MULILO HATCHERY: 5 MARCH 2015



Official unveiling of the Hatchery memorial plate by Honourable Minister, Bernhard Essau and Her Excellency Carmen Diez, Ambassador of Spain to Namibia
Inauguration Ceremony under way at the Zambezi Inland Aquaculture Center  

The official inauguration of the Katima Mulilo Hatchery at the Zambezi Inland Aquacultutre Center (ZIAC) took place on Thursday, 5 March 2015. The official ceremony started at 8:00 and was attended by staff members from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), Traditional Authoroties, several other government institutions, the Office of the Mayor, the Office of the Governor, Conservencies and several other stakeholders.

Master of Ceremonies, Ms Ulitala Hivelua, Permanent Secretary of the MFMR

The Permanent Secretary of the MFMR, Ms. Ulitala Hiveluah requested Dr. Moses Maurihungirire to open the proceedings with a prayer before she welcomed all the distinguished guests. Honourable A. Sampofu, Governor for Zambezi Region thanked the MFMR and the Spanish Goverment for the construction of the hatchery and expressed his hope to see an increase in fish farming in his region with the production and distribution of fingerlings from the facility. 

The Ambassador of Spain, Her Excellency, Carmen Diez
The Ambassador of Spain, Her Excellency, Carmen Diez in her remarks reffered to the long term good cooperation between Spain and Namibia in the field of fisheries with this Hatchery the latest contribution from the Spanish Government at a cost of over  N$ 6 million.  She expressed her sincere hope that the hatchery will contribute to increased fish production, nutrition and household income in the Zambezi Region. 

Honourable Bernhard Essau, Minister of the MFMR 

The Keynote Address was delivered by Honourable Bernhard Essau, Minister of the MFMR. The full speech of the Honourable Minister is available at:
https://app.box.com/s/f7j3ryv49207hapq1mu5foyxmg1cf52g


Cultural dances between speeches of dignataries
The final vote of thanks was given by the Katima Mulilo Mayor, His Worship C. Matengu. The Hatchery was then officially opened by Honourable Bernhard Essau and Her Excellency Carmen Diez with the unveiling of the memorial stone and cutting of the ribbon at the hatchery.

The new hatchery facility at Zambezi Inland Aquaculture Center

Jose Maria Martinez Lago (Georgy) the hatchery construction Project Coordinator from CETMAR explaining the operations of the hatchery to Honourable Berhard Essau.

Jose Maria Martinez Lago (Georgy) the hatchery construction Project Coordinator from CETMAR then led the public on an official tour through the facility. The occasion was concluded with delicious refreshments and a media session with NBC.

Breeding ponds with the hatchery and hothouse in the background
Photos of the event is available at: 

Thank you Georgy for your hard work and patience...!!!

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