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Government Assures Backing For Lautoka Fishers

Government has assured fishers in Lautoka that it will continue to provide technical advisory support services and capacity building whenever required. Minister Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu, made these comments
02 May 2015 08:35
Government Assures Backing For Lautoka Fishers
From left: Ratu Jone Cakautavtava, Ratu Wiliame Sovasova, Ratu Kitione Tavaiqia, Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu, Takuji Hanatani, Jone Nakauvadra, Sailasa Matakivuda. Photo: SHEETAL PRASAD

Government has assured fishers in Lautoka that it will continue to provide technical advisory support services and capacity building whenever required.

Minister Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu, made these comments this week as the newly-constructed Lautoka fish market was opened.

The Japanese Government’s $217,000 assistance in the construction of this new fish market will ensure fishermen get more value for their catch.

The fish market is located at the $15 million Lautoka Fishing Port Complex.

Japanese Ambassador, Takuji Hanatani, was delighted to be part of the opening.

Mr Naiqamu said: “The vision of providing healthier facilities to improve fish quality standards had been in place since the inception of the operations at the Port.

“This $15 million fishing port complex was also provided by the generosity of the people and the Government of Japan.”

This fishing port is to provide support services to the fishermen which are not limited to administration, production, processing and marketing.

The initial request to Japan International Corporation Agency was made in 2001 following training in Japan on fishing port management and marketing.

Mr Naiqamu said the establishment of the fishermen’s market will ensure numerous benefits to more than 170 fishers who are members of the Lautoka Fishermen’s Association.

“The provision of this fish marketing facilities would surely enhance the operation of the Lautoka Fishermen’s Association as well as that of the Fisheries Department,” he said.

“Financial assistance pertaining to this facility would be sought through official development assistance in the future.

“Fiji’s economy and society are undergoing many reforms for the betterment of its people and the sustainable use if its natural resources.”

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