By Azania Post Reporter
MPANDA Rural legislator Selemani Kakoso(CCM) has asked Tanzanian government to support small scale fishermen to access working equipment that would help to improve livelihood and pay tax to the coffers.
In his basic question the MP had wanted the government to explain plans ahead to support artisanal fishermen who have been sidelined for a long time.
Responding , the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega, said the government has been supporting small scale fishermen in various ways.
He urged small scale fishermen to join in savings and cooperatives societies that would enable to access loans.
Ulega said the government has purchased a total of 73 engine boats for fishing that would be loaned to small scale fishermen in Tanzania.
According to him a total of 43 boats were taken where the government contributed 40 percent of the loan and the rest was borne by fishermen.
“We urge fishermen to come to us and take those engine boats which would help to increase fish catch in ocean and lakes”, he said.
In a move aimed to support fisheries, last year the ministry held talks with social security funds in Dar es Salaam to consider diverting their investments into deep sea fishing.
"It is high time for social security funds to divert their investments in this important sector in the country," Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Charles Tizeba, was quoted as saying .
He said that the government has been struggling to improve the fishing industry by encouraging investors to engage themselves in deep sea fishing to raise the national income.
He said since financial institutions are not ready to support the industry, the government has been compelled to engaged social security funds to put up projects to boost the fishing industry.
Currently, the sector faces various challenges that range from lack of modern equipment, skills and training, among others.