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FAO Director-General meets Namibia's Minister for Fisheries

Fisheries is one of the largest contributors to the country's economy

13 June 2016, Rome - FAO's Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Bernhard Esau, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources of the Republic of Namibia, in Rome to attend FAO's Committee of Fisheries. 

"The fisheries sector is important for Namibia not only economically but also socially," he said in remarks after the meeting. "Fisheries is one of the largest contributors to our economy in terms of jobs as well as in terms of contribution towards the growth of our economy." 

With a population of only about 2 million, fisheries employs around 15.000 thousand people in Namibia, the Minister explained. 

"Aquaculture is still in its infantry, we are  in the process of building capacities and bringing the importance of aquaculture to the mind of our people," the Minister said explaining that the government has put in place demonstration farms. "We want to showcase that aquaculture can create jobs and contribute to food security."

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