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Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
  Year: 2018 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 66-75
DOI: 10.3923/jfas.2018.66.75
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Fish Processing and Exports on the Zambezi/Chobe Floodplain, Zambezi Region, Namibia
Evans Kamwi Simasiku , James Abah and Samuel Kakambi Mafwila

Background and Objectives: In the Zambezi Region, a large number of people, many of whom live below the poverty line, find employment in fish marketing and processing. A survey on fish processing and exports was conducted on the Zambezi/Chobe floodplain between June 2015 and December 2016. The main objective of the study was to assess the fish processing techniques employed by fish processors herein referred as fish vendors to preserve fish products on the Zambezi/Chobe floodplain and to quantify the volume of fish exported from the area. Materials and Methods: Survey questionnaires were used to determine fish vendor’s characteristics and their methods of fish processing and preservation. Daily fish products destined for exports were weighed and recorded using a hanging scale at Wenela border. Results: The study found that women are the key players in the fish processing and preservation on the Zambezi/Chobe floodplain. The major processing techniques employed by the fish vendors were sun drying and smoking. A total of 2515 bags of fish were recorded in 122 days from June, 2015 to December, 2016. Approximately 1575.8 t of fish products worth N$36 million were exported to foreign markets in Zambia. Conclusion: The active involvement of women in the fish processing and export suggested that this sector has the potential to contribute immensely to improving the economic and livelihood of the Zambezi region. However, the fish vendors faced challenges of inadequate cold storage facilities, poor weather and packaging.
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Evans Kamwi Simasiku, James Abah and Samuel Kakambi Mafwila, 2018. Fish Processing and Exports on the Zambezi/Chobe Floodplain, Zambezi Region, Namibia. Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, 13: 66-75.

DOI: 10.3923/jfas.2018.66.75








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