The 2017 Malawi Government Economic Report has indicated that the country exported almost 36,000 live fish to the international market, generating almost US$212,162 in year 2016.According to the report, the exports were to 11 countries namely, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (USA).
“Malawi had the greatest export of fish to international market last year compared to previous years where the exports were very low,” it said.
The report added that although the fish industry has registered growth, it is still facing challenges like operating a fishing enterprise due to increased prices of engine boats spare parts and start-up capital for those in fishing industry, among others.
Due to such challenges, it continued, Malawi is failing to satisfy the high demand of fish in both the local and international markets.
Meanwhile, the country’s annual fish production had increased by eight per cent to 157,268 metric tonnes in 2016.