The fish caught in the waters of the Egipto Praia region in the Angolan province of Lobito is of high enough quality to be sold on the international market, the Minister of Fisheries of Angola, Victoria de Barros said Monday.
The minister, who for three days worked in Benguela, said the fish caught in that Lobito municipal area only needs to have a quality processing system to have good marketing chances abroad.
On this visit, the Minister took part in a presentation session of a plant for fish preservation, freezing and drying with capacity to process 100 tons of fish per day, which should start operating at the end of 2017 in Praia Grande, Egipto Praia commune (Lobito), as part of an initiative of Angolan private company Globalpex.
The new unit, with an estimated cost of between US$40 million and US$50 million, will have a jetty, four warehouses with 400 tons of freezer capacity each, and fillet preservation and drying areas.
Another similar project is being built at Praia de Eva and the director of the Fesmar fish company, Fernando Jorge, told Angolan news agency Angop that the unit would have a processing capacity of 300 tons of fish per day and would start operating in September 2016. (macauhub/AO)