Angola’s fishing plan costs US$475 million

14 November 2018

The plan to manage fisheries and aquaculture in Angola will cost US$475 million, the director of the Office of Studies, Planning and Statistics of the Ministry of Fisheries and the Sea said in Luanda.

Isabel Cristóvão said that the value of the institutional project to be implemented until 2022 was adopted in the Extraordinary Council for the Management of Biological and Aquatic Resources, and the proposal will now be submitted to the government for approval.

The funds, she said, are needed to create regional development hubs in the provinces of Kwanza-Sul, Bengo and Zaire, including the construction of ports and fishing docks, according to the Angop news agency.

The three provinces, Cristóvãosaid, do not have adequate infrastructure to meet the needs of the sector, despite the enormous potential they have, and the costs of equipping and launching operations in these provinces is estimated at 60 billion kwanzas.

The plan also calls for the construction of auction houses and fish markets, cold stores, installation of fish conservation units, salting and fishing support centres, as well as five provincial departments of the Institute of Development of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in the provinces of Kwando Kubango, Lunda Norte, Uige, Malanje and Moxico.

Cristóvão said that one of the aims of the programme is to establish an environment that allows the introduction of loading and unloading of fish products under adequate sanitary conditions, as well as operations that minimise post-catch losses.

The programme forecasts catches of 2.6 million tons of fish in the 2018-2022 period, when communal aquaculture production will be 2,100 tons and commercial aquaculture production 17,900 tons. (macauhub)