THE Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries yesterday handed over 17 motorcycles to the five district councils of coastal zone to easily facilitate implementation of Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and shared growth program (SWIOFish).
Speaking during the handing over event in Dar es Salaam, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Dr Yohana Budeba said the motorcycles are worth of 93.8m/- and sponsored by the World Bank who also sponsors SWIOFish project.
He was the guest of honor on behalf of the Minister Dr Charles Tizeba. He said the motorcycles will be given to the officers dealing with fisheries statistics and the agricultural extension officers in a bid to strengthen and improve data collection in fisheries sector. “My call to the District Executive Directors is to make sure these motorcycles are going to be used accordingly and not otherwise.
Our aim is to use these motorbikes in improving the harvest of fishing resources,” said Dr Budeba. The motorcycles have given to five District councils mentioned as Tanga, Pangani, Lindi Rural, Mkinga and Bagamoyo. According to him, fishing is among the important sector in contribution of economic growth in the country.
It creates formal employment opportunities to 183,200 Tanzanians and informal job opportunities over 4mil for direct dealing with fishing or related activities.
He urged the fishing officers to educate fishermen on the best and friendly methods of harvesting fishing resources in order to protect and preserve species for sustainable fishing activities.
Explaining about SWIOFish, the Acting Director in the Fishing Development Department, Mr Magese Bulayi said the program that is aiming at fishing control and participatory development in southwest of the Indian Ocean.
He said the program that is sponsored by the World Bank for worth of USD 36mil/- is implemented in three countries mentioned as Tanzania (Mainland and Isles), Mozambique and Comoro. It is a six years program that started on June 22nd 2015 for the first phase.
Magese further explained the aim of the program is to enhance regional collaboration for mutual benefits and improve governance of priority fisheries at national level. Other aim is to increase economic benefits to national economics from priority fisheries.