Shein pledges to bolster Micheweni fishing industry

[Tanzanian] Zanzibar CCM presidential candidate Dr Ali Mohamed Shein has pledged to boost the fishing industry to enable Micheweni District residents in North Pemba have reliable income.

Speaking during a campaign rally held at Shaamemata grounds, Dr Shein urged voters to elect him because “I’ve done a lot and still much more needs to be done to change” the economic status of the area.

He also promised to promote Eucheuma cottonii seaweed farming by providing equipment to farmers, providing the youth with modern fishing vessels and building a fish processing factory. “Some investors from Samoa Islands have shown interest in establishing a fish processing factory in Micheweni.

The factory will provide employment to many youths,” he said. “My plans also include importing at least 500 small vessels (locally known as Vihor for carrying harvested seaweed) to be distributed to about 3,000 seaweed farmers.”

He said a study has shown that Eucheuma cottonii grows better around Micheweni compared to other areas where Eucheuma spinosum seaweed grows better.

Fish farming has been promoted through training under a South Korea-supported project in which six aquariums have established in Zanzibar. Dr Shein, who is seeking re-election for another five-year term, said that he is committed to bringing changes to Micheweni residents who are engaged in fishing.

He appealed to people to promote tourism by conserving tourist attractions as the government concentrates on improving infrastructure. Micheweni was chosen by the Zanzibar government in the 1990s as an Economic Free Zone but due to lack of funds and undeveloped roads many investors were reluctant to put up projects.

However, the government has managed to connect the area with water supply and power.


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