Cape Verdean company OJFP, which processes the fish waste of Frescomar, has invested 120 million escudos in equipment to keep up with the growth of this cannery, said managing partner Odair José Ferreira Pinto.
The Frescomar fish processing plant on 15 June inaugurated a new production line for canned tuna.
Ferreira Pinto told Cape Verdean newspaper A Semana that the investment also aims to have the company ready for the start of operation in July of the fishing complex of Porto Grande.
Acquired in China, the new equipment line – fish drying machines, baggers and others – cost 40 million escudos and increased the company’s production capacity from 20 tons with nine days of drying to 50 tons with drying in 24 hours .
“Tests conducted by Chinese technicians have been completed and this week the actual production of meal, feed and fish oil should begin,” said Odair Pinto.
Angola was initially the main destination for OJFPs products, but recent difficulties caused by the lack of foreign currency in that country forced the company to look for alternative markets, and Ivory Coast emerged as an alternative.
The company recently signed a contract with a fish meal factory in the Andalusia region of Spain, which was part of the Frescomar, and this contract includes not only the supply of fishmeal but also of fish oil for use in cosmetics. (macauhub/CV)