Malanje, Angola, 4 Aug – Three refrigerated warehouses have been built this year in the town of Negage (Uíge) and in Huambo and Moxico provinces, as part of US$20 million dollar funding package, the Fisheries ministry announced Sunday in Malanje.
Speaking at the end of a three-day working visit to Malanje province, Salomão Xirimbimbi explained that the Government had approved the program which aims to extend the project to all the country’s towns in 2008, but added that due to the lack of funding, priority had been given to four locations, including Malanje, where the warehouse had already been inaugurated.
The minister added that since 2005 the Angolan government had been gathering forces to establish a national network for fish commercialization and distribution, using China’s credit line.
He said that the warehouse in Negaje would have a 1000-tonnne capacity and should serve the region, as well as the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, a country which relies heavily on Angola for fish and salt products.
Salomão Xirimbimbi said that the Government’s decision to carry out the warehouse program was important for fish distribution capacity and to combat price speculation for these products.
Under the scope of this project Luanda, Bengo and Malanje provinces will benefit from refrigerated units.
The minister also said that the fisheries sector should create around 12,000 jobs in several areas including continental fishing by the end of this year.
Salomão Xirimbimbi said that since the start of the year until the end of June 5,000 jobs had been created. (macauhub)