China has donated US$280,033 to upgrade the infrastructure of Hardap Inland Aquaculture Centre (HIAC) in Namibia
HIAC is an operation with the objective of developing a comprehensive Namibian aquaculture industry.
Xin Shunkang, Chinese ambassador to Namibia, said that the donation will be used for the construction of a new integrated processing workshop and new cold storage, the renovation of open marketable fish ponds, the construction of two marketable fish cultivation green houses and the construction of big sized fingerling cultivation green houses.
Shunkang urged the Chinese contractor to work with the local people so that the region can be fully developed.
Bernhard Esau, minister of fisheries of Namibia, said, “The donation to upgrade HIAC is a great achievement in history. This marks another milestone on our path to promote food security, create employment and generate income for our people.”
The renovation will be completed within a year and around 37 tonnes of marketable fish and a half million fingerlings per annum are to be produced after completion, concluded the fisheries minister.