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100m/- scheme to boost low-level fishermen in Tanzania November 14,2017   |  Source: Daily News

The government of Tanzania has allocated 100m/- loan support to artisanal fisheries as part of long term plans to increase rural incomes and boost social development through the country’s emerging economic sector.

Deputy Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Mr Abdallah Ulega, told the National Assembly here yesterday that the fund had been created to support small-scale fisheries across the country to access modern fishing gears.

The minister was reacting to a question posed by Mpanda Rural MP Mr Moshi Kakoso. The lawmaker had sought the government’s reaction to reports that small-scale fishermen dependent on Lake Tanganyika as their major source of livelihood had poor fishing gears, which translated to low productivity.

“The government has been urging fishermen and other stakeholders in the fishing industry to use modern fishing gears to improve their incomes and boost social development,” he said.

He explained that the ministry, through its Fisheries Education and Training Agency, FETA, was implementing a strategy that includes rehabilitating Kibirizi Fishing warehouse in Kigoma to the capacity of building modern fishing boats.

The deputy minister said the government was also re inforcing the 2007 VAT law which, among other things, granted tax exemption

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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