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Invest in Tanzania’s aquaculture sector, says minister

Tanzania’s minister for Livestock and Fisheries Mashimba Ndaki has urged people to consider putting money into the aquaculture sector, in order to increase raw materials for the countrys fish processing industries

During a visit to the Tanlapia aquaculture facility in Bagamoyo district, he said, currently there are small scale industries, and some of them are producing below standards, owing to a lack of raw materials. "However, projects like these will help the industry in having sufficient raw materials, particularly in the Indian Ocean," Ndaki added.

He said the government's aim is to encourage large fish producers to invest more productively in the country, ensuring food security and employment.

Director of the Aquaculture Department Dr Nazael Madala said the Tanlapia farm uses the In-Pond Raceway System, an innovative aquaculture technology that ensures ideal water chemistry by interrupting water flow and managing waste disposal. "This is an environmentally-friendly technique which can help in making sure that the fish quality is not compromised for human consumption in these times of climate change," he said.