By Our Reporter, Dodoma Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister, Labour, Youth, Employment…
A fish and seafood product is one of the most traded food commodities in the country but unfortunately, it only increases 1.7% out of 4.5 to 5% to Gross Domestic Products (GDP) economy in the country.
The total of seafood products in Tanzania is 2,803,000 tons, in Lake Victoria 2,210,000tones and in Lake Tanganyika 295,000, annually a person consumes 8.5kg 0ut of 22.8kg fishes, which seems to be irrelevant of the economic contribution visas harvest and consuming.
Along the fish and seafood valuable chain, there is significant employment to 200,000 fishermen in the Kigoma region and economic benefits to local coastal communities, and more than 10,000,000m people benefit from Lake Tanganyika products.
Measures have to be taken to make sure the fisheries sector increases GDP economy, benefits fisheries as well as improves the economic status of the people leaving along the shore of Lake Tanganyika.
From the fisheries, they think in order to improve our external market the government should prepare for a proper fish storage facility to avoid further fish spoil and improve our economy for selling fish outside the country
Additionally the municipal have to trouble by improving the landing fish area of Kibrizi to be it of business canters for its look does not attract investors
More factor that contributes to low income is and contribution to the national economy is the use of below 2.5-inch nets so-called “free mire” adopted by fisheries from Congo DRC that capture many fishes including juvenile as a result of the destruction of marine organisms.
Recorded voices over the discussion on what to do to increase the economic status and other economic challenges. According to the government laws and the fishing act of 2009 gill nets are forbidden, and the regulated fishing act of 2020, the allowed gill nets are the ones with mesh size 3 inches and 144 meshes deeper but some fishers use the gill nets with more than 500-600 meshes deeper in the water.
This story was composed by Buha Correspondent Adela Madyane