Ethiopian Airlines made its flight from Tanzania’s Mwanza city on Thursday night, ferrying 17,262 kilograms of processed fish from Lake Victoria to European markets, a statement by the Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Friday.
The statement said a consignment of fish worth 191,874,838 Tanzanian shillings (about 83,000 U.S. dollars) was ferried to markets in Belgium, Holland, Germany, France and Portugal.
John Mongella, Mwanza regional commissioner, said the Nile perch fish from Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, were processed and sold by three fish processing plants of Victoria Perch Limited, Nile Perch Limited and Omega Fish Limited located on the shores of the lake, said the statement.
Mongella added that fish processing plants located along the Lake Victoria shores in Mwanza city produced a total of 1,100 tonnes a week.
Tanzania’s fish catches in 2018-2019 were 448,464 tonnes worth 2.11 trillion Tanzanian shillings.
On Monday, Isack Kamwelwe, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, said in a statement that the reopening of the east African skies for passenger flight was effective from Monday.
Kamwelwe said business, humanitarian, diplomatic, emergency and other special flights were allowed to land, take off and fly across the country’s skies as it was before. Enditem