Construction of a new fish market in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, was paid for by aid from Japan and the new facility is expected to start operating by August 2015, Mozambique0s Fishing Minister said recently at the laying of the first project’s stone.
The market, which is expected to cost around US$11.3 million, will have 40 kiosks, 100 stalls with equipment such as cold storage units, ice machines, areas for gutting fish and a solid waste treatment system, along with other services.
The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided US$8.6 million for the project, the Maputo city council has provided US$1.4 million and the remainder will be secured from the State Budget.
“This new facility will drive artisanal fishing production and other related activities and will therefore be of value to fishermen, fish sellers, municipal residents and market goers,” said Borges.
The Minister also said that artisanal fishing in Mozambique accounts for around 85 percent of catches in the country and in 2014 was responsible for 196,000 tons of a total 220,000 tons overall. (macauhub/MZ)