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Ice Plants Will Be Operational Soon, Fisheries Officers Give Assurance

Ice Plants Will Be Operational Soon, Fisheries Officers Give Assurance
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama questioning on the amount of damages caused by Tropical Cyclone Josie and Keni as Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea sitting beside him explains during a briefing at Naulumatua House in Bua on May 1. Photo:Shratika Naidu
May 03
11:00 2018

The Nabouwalu ice plant in Bua will soon be operational.

This was the assurance from Northern Divisional fisheries of­ficer Joji Vuakaca yesterday.

His assurance came after Nabou­walu Advisory Councillor, Sujata Singh, told Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a briefing at Naulumatua House in Bua on Tues­day, that the ice plant has been out of service for six months and people were complaining.

“We are aware about the problem and we have made plans already to solve this issue,” Mr Vuakaca said.

“The compressor at the ice plant is not working because in Nabouwalu the generator is usually cut off and due to this ongoing exercise the ma­chines got damaged.

“We have planned to bring a one tonne ice machine from Labasa next week to Nabouwalu as Labasa will be receiving a 12-tonne ice machine soon.

“The compressor at the Nabouwa­lu ice plant is quite old and we have ordered parts from Australia and waiting to receive it,” he added.

“Once we have this the technicians from Lami, Suva will arrive here and we will work with them in La­basa to assemble the machines.”

He said by next week all these would be done.

During the briefing, Mr Bainima­rama revealed before the Govern­ment Departments heads that he had received complaints from Kubu­lau, Bua, that the ice plant there was not operating.

Mr Vuakaca explained the ice plant was in good condition, but it was switched off because of the late supply of diesel.

“The ice plant will soon be up and running as supply of nine drums (200 litres each) of diesel has been transported to the location,” he said.

“This fuel will be used for a month.

“However, the amount of fuel sup­ply needed varies depending on the demand from fishermen in Bua.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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