Transport challenges obstruct HAFA from increasing profits

 Transport challenges obstruct HAFA in the Erongo region from increasing profits
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Transport challenges are obstructing Hanganeni Artisanal Fishing Association (HAFA) in the Erongo region from increasing profits. Director Herman /Honeb says anglers at Henties Bay could generate about 40 000 dollars or more per day to sustain themselves. Formed in 2002, the association registered 100 under-privileged men and women, but the number has dropped to 15 active members over the years. /Honeb blames lack of transport to fishing grounds and other challenges for the lack of interest, but is hopeful the situation will soon improve. He says a boat donated to HAFA members in 2003 to carry out their work is being fixed and is expected to be operational before the end of the year. The director expects the number of active members to increase to 40. He says that would increase production and increase from 20 000 to 40 000 dollars a day. /Honeb explains that members could not operate the boat since 2003, because they were never trained. HAFA is a community-based organization that assists previously disadvantaged and unemployed people at Henties Bay. The association does not only catch fish but adds value by packaging the product, thereby creating more jobs.