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The Profile (2019)

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    Part I Statistics and main indicators

    Part I of the Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile is compiled using the most up-to-date information available from the FAO Country briefs and Statistics programmes at the time of publication. The Country Brief and the FAO Fisheries Statistics provided in Part I may, however, have been prepared at different times, which would explain any inconsistencies.

    Country briefPrepared: May 2019

    With an area of 17 360 km² the Kingdom of Eswatini is a landlocked country with 160 km² of water area. The country does not have natural lakes, swamps or floodplains. It relies on a number of large dams which have been constructed principally for hydropower and irrigation purposes and has also smaller dams which have been built all over the country, for water supply for human and livestock uses.

    In 2009, there were about 1 000 small fishponds and about 75 percent of them were stocked with seeds.

    Estimated capture production in 2017 was only 65 tonnes. In 2012, 450 people were reported as employed in aquaculture. A campaign on fish farming initiated by the Government’s Fisheries Section in 2009 almost tripled the production in 2010 to reach 209 tonnes, worth USD 428000. Estimated fish production from aquaculture declined to a level around 100 tonnes in recent years, worth USD 112500 (2017).

    1 316 fishers were estimated in 2017 and another 440 were estimated to be engaged in aquaculture. Swaziland is a net importer of fish. No official trade data are available since 2007. In 2017, imports of fish and fishery products were estimated at USD 7 million. The estimated per caput fish supply has declined from 6.8 kg in 2005 to 3.2 kg in 2017.
    General geographic and economic indicators

    Key statistics

    Country area17 360km2FAOSTAT. Official data, 2013
    Land area17 200km2FAOSTAT. Expert sources from FAO (including other divisions), 2013
    Inland water area160km2Computed. Calculated, 2013
    Population - Est. & Proj.1.327millionsFAOSTAT. Official data, 2019
    GDP (current US$)4 711millionsWorld Bank. 2018
    GDP per capita (current US$)4 146US$World Bank. 2018
    Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added8.59% of GDPWorld Bank. 2018

    Source: FAO Country Profile

    FAO Fisheries statistics

    Updated 2019The Profile

    This country profile provides statistics and indicators produced through FAO’s Statistics programmes, supplemented with information derived from national and other sources and valid at the time of compilation.

    Full text of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Country Profile available at /fishery/docs/DOCUMENT/fcp/en/FI_CP_SZ.pdf

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