Status of Fish Supply, Marketing and Consumption in Nifas Silk Lafto and Lideta Sub-Cities, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


This study aimed at assessing status of fish supply, marketing and consumption in Nifas silk Lafto and Lideta sub-cities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Both primary and secondary data were used for the assessment. Questionnaires and interviews were employed as a means of primary data collection techniques. Most individual fishers and cooperatives in one of the supply areas (Lake Ziway) are youngsters with low educational level and large family size. They are engaged in fishing for income generation. The commercially important fish species are tilapia, catfish, Labeobarbus and carp though there is scarcity of all species. Long lining fishing gears and gill nets were predominantly used. The number of fish catch per day per fisherman mostly ranges 10-20kg whereas those of cooperatives members range from 30 to 40 kg. The market chain begins with a producer (fishermen) and terminates with consumers. The fish supply constraints in this production area are mismanagement of the lake, lack of modern fishing instrument and storage facilities. The majority of fish traders in Nifas Silk Lafto and Lideta sub-cities were involved in fish trading for income generation. They bring fish from production area by using cold storage vehicle as means of transport. About 60.34% Nifas silk Lafto and 68.96%Lideta sub-cities traders choose tilapia fish species and most of them present in fillet form. The market constraints show seasonal fluctuations of fish demand and lack of fish. Restaurant workers mainly buy fish from traders by making tilapia their number one choice. Though fish consumption has high nutritive value and healthy benefits, most of the community members in both sub-cities prefer beef to fish; the consumption trend is relatively high during fasting seasons. Those who consume fish choose fried fish than the other forms. Promotion of fish production and awareness creation on the nutritive value and health benefits of fish consumption are required to scale up fish demand and supply in both sub-cities.



Status of Fish Supply, Marketing, Consumption in Nifas Silk Lafto, Lideta Sub-Cities, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia