Recently Government held an extended workshop in Durban to grind through the stumbling blocks in the development of a number of key Ocean related industries. Aquaculture is one of those.
From what I have heard there was a lot of positive stuff that came out of the Aquaculture workshop. We look forward to positive things (Big Fast Results!).
I have included a couple of links below for those interested in further info on Operation Phakisa.
Operation Phakisa Report – full 314 pg pdf report
SA Government News Agency
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The excerpt below is from a speech given by President Zuma at the Operation Phiksa: Unlocking the economic Potential of the Ocean Economy Open Day, International Convention Centre, Durban. [click the link to go to the full speech].
The Aquaculture workstream has underlined the high growth potential of South Africa’s aquaculture sector due to increasing demand for fish.
While aquaculture contributes to almost half of the global fish supply, it contributes less than one percent of South Africa’s fish supply.
The sector offers significant potential for rural development, especially for marginalised coastal communities.
This workstream has identified eight initiatives to spur the growth of the sector.
One initiative will address the selection and implementation of twenty four (24) projects across South Africa by 2019.
Together, these projects are expected to grow the aquaculture sector’s revenue from about half a billion rand today, to almost one point four billion rand (R1.4billion) in 2019.
Three further aquaculture initiatives relate to the creation of an enabling regulatory environment, including the establishment of an Inter-Departmental Authorisations Committee.
The committee will co-ordinate aquaculture applications and approvals. The intention is to reduce processing time from the current periods of about 890 days to 240 days in future.
Other initiatives focus on funding support, increasing the skills pool and awareness and improving access to markets.
The stream has identified some initial targets as well.
They recommend implementing nine projects in the Eastern Cape, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces.
The work stream also proposes the establishment of the Aquaculture Development Fund, consolidating approximately five hundred million rand of Government funds from five departments into one pot.
The teams also propose the creation of a South African industry body that will establish seventy to eighty buyer relationships such as local retailers and food service companies.
This will create a comprehensive market database covering one hundred percent of South African aquaculture production.