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An aerial drone photo taken on Sept. 26, 2023 shows a fishing harbor under construction in the Lindi region, Tanzania.(China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd/Handout via Xinhua)

Tanzania’s first fishing harbor to be completed in 2025

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The construction of Tanzania’s first-ever fishing harbor will be completed in 2025, boosting the country’s fish catches in deep seas, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa told parliament on  Wednesday.

According to Majaliwa, the project, being built by China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC),  is 42 percent completed. The Tanzania Ports Authority says the fishing harbor has helped create jobs for more than 400 nearby residents.

Tang Zhen, deputy head of the Eastern Africa Division of the company, said CHEC will spare no efforts to help Tanzania build its first-ever fishing harbor, and continuously enhance friendship and cooperation between China and Tanzania.

In efforts aimed at improving the fisheries sector, the government has distributed 160 fishing boats worth 11.5 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 4.5 million U.S. dollars) to fisheries cooperatives and individual fishers in 58 district councils, Majaliwa told the House when he tabled his office’s budget proposals for the 2024/2025 financial year.

He said the government has also constructed 222 fish farming cages in Mara, Simiyu, Mwanza, Kagera, and Geita regions, which have been allocated to 1,213 fish farmers.

(with input from Xinhua)

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