Mozambique’s Fisheries Ministry expects production of 200,000 tons

21 August 2012

Mozambique may this year produce around 200,000 tons of a variety of fish as compared to production of 120,000 tons in 2010, Mozambique’s Fisheries Minister said in Maputo during a visit to the Mozambican capital’s fishing port.

Minister Victor Borges, who accompanied the King of Swaziland, Mswati III, said that the government was seeking investments to drive the fish processing industry in the country and added that the government was seeking investments in the fish processing industry as a way of adding value to that resource.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, the minister noted that the government also planned to increase shrimp production, by promoting aquaculture, and added, “we have television and radio programmes focused on encouraging the Mozambican population to invest in aquaculture.”

In relation to illegal fishing in Mozambique’s waters, Borges gave assurances that the country was in a better position that two years ago, particularly following the launch of an inspection ship and inspection via satellite.

King Mswati III, who ended a two-day official visit to Mozambique on Monday, also visited the facilities of Salgaocar Mozambique, Lda., a Swazi-owned company that in January started exporting iron ore to China via the port of Maputo. (macauhub)