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Published on : Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Namibia has held its first-ever Ntunda Tilapia and Cuisine Festival, which Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Chief Samuel Ankama says has drawn demands for it to made a national event.
The festival, heldon May 22, coincided with early Africa Day commemorations, and the number of visitors fluctuated between 280 and 300, said Ankama. The organizers of the festival named it after the Ntunda River near the event venue — the Namibia Lodges 2000 and Safaris – -in northern Namibia.
At the event, Ankama told those present at the the festival it was about celebrating the Tilapia fish species and bringing together people from various walks of life. He noted that the Tilapia had its origin in Africa and was now cultivated throughout the world.
“A cuisine competition was incorporated to enable community members to learn how to cook fish, especially Tilapia, and three chefs from the Namibian Chefs Association assessed the competitors,” he added.
Namibia Lodges 2000 and Safaris hosted the festival in conjunction with the Uis Aquaculture Farm of aquaculture specialist Johan van der Westhuizen, who supplied fish for the cooking competition.
The lodge established three Tilapia fish farming demonstration ponds, which were used to promote and create aquaculture awareness during the festival. “More ponds will be built and we are planning to have 12 of them in the second phase of our initiative next year,” Ankama said.