MINISTER CALLS ON FISHING FIRMS TO IMPROVE STANDARDS

ANGOLA: FISHERIES/ANGOP/30/1/18 SABANews 1

Fisheries and Sea Minister Victoria De Barros Neto

BENGUELA – Fisheries and Sea Minister VICTORIA DE BARROS NETO of ANGOLA says her country has reached a stage where it is now focusing on exports.

She says fishing companies should, therefore, improve their production systems in order to meet the requirements of markets such as EUROPE and North AMERICA.

Minister BARROS NETO has addressed delegates in the BAÍA FARTA Municipality, where she introduced the Program to Support Production, Diversification of Exports, and Substitution of Imports to business people.

The national press agency, ANGOP, quotes her as saying the fisheries and the sea sector has resources that, if properly exploited, can contribute to increased exports and reduced imports.

Mostly foreign firms do the fishing in Angola

Minister BARROS NETO says there is need to emphasise on the production of processed fish, canned fish, salted fish and semi-prepared fish.

She says such products can, in the short and medium term, mitigate the importation of canned goods and produce surpluses with quality for the international and regional markets.

Mainly foreign fleets perform fishing in ANGOLA, and the government requires some of them to land a portion of their catch at ANGOLAN ports to increase the domestic supply of fish./Sabanews/cam

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