Seafood processing facility to add value

The minister of fisheries and marine resources officiated the groundbreaking for an N$300 million seafood processing facility in Walvis Bay on Monday.

29 April 2019 | Fishing

Herman Theron: Hangana MD; “Once operational, we will be able to extract additional value.”

Walvis Bay - Otis Finck

Construction of the Hangana Seafood processing facility which commenced in September 2018 in Walvis Bay is expected to be completed by September 2020.

The N$300 million facility will have a capacity of 25 000 tons throughput per year and with a cold storage capacity for 2 500 metric tons to be utilised for stock build-ups during high performance seasons.

It will provide and increase fish handling, storage and processing flexibility in value addition, marketing schedules and pricing possibilities for the company.

Hangana managing director (MD) Herman Theron said the new facility will be a catalyst for creating new products and adding value.

“We have a strong local and global footprint. Once the facility becomes operational, we will be able to extract additional value. Quality and efficiency levels will be improved considerably in line with international standards and the score card. It will also provide opportunity for new right holders to participate in land based operations and enhance storage capacity for other players in the industry.”

The minister of fisheries and marine resources Bernard Esau officiated the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday. He welcomed the construction of the facility and emphasised that government was keen to ensure that at least 340 000 metric tons (MT) of the total 550 000 MT landing is processed onshore in Namibia by 2020 and exported as high value finished products to markets worldwide.

“This target includes 70% of hake value addition as is currently the case and a new target of 70% value addition in horse in the horse mackerel fishery. This value addition objective will provide higher returns and create much needed jobs. At the moment value is added locally to approximately 120 000 MT which includes 70% of hake landings and less than 10% of horse mackerel.”

Esau also called on the industry to ensure that investments are accompanied by proportionate job creation.

“We are now preparing to gazette the scorecard on allocation of fishing quotas which includes a measure of number of jobs created per metric tons of fishing quotas allocated. We want to see economic inclusivity in the fishing sector and ensure there is equitable distribution of fisheries wealth. This includes equity participation and payment of living wages to workers who are the primary economic drivers in the fishing industry.”

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