NATION

Fishing Provides His Source of Survival

Elvin Kumar, 34, did not know about the Northern Devel­opment Programme (NDP) grant until a friend told him about it. And, for that, he will be forever thankful. The father-of-one
26 Feb 2018 14:14
Fishing Provides His Source of Survival
Elvin Kumar with his fishing boat in Savusavu. Photo: Wati Talebula

Elvin Kumar, 34, did not know about the Northern Devel­opment Programme (NDP) grant until a friend told him about it.

And, for that, he will be forever thankful.

The father-of-one applied and received the grant in 2017. It was enough to pay for a boat and out­board engine.

“I received the grant in April last year. I go fishing at the weekends or at nights if the weather permits,’’ Mr Kumar said.

“Before I used to hire a boat to go fishing but now I don’t have to.

“I used to pay $40 to hire a boat and then I have to buy the fuel. That is costly because I don’t know if my catch will be enough.”

Mr Kumar said he has a day job as a back-up plan.

“I work during the day as a back-up plan because I will not be able to go out fishing when there is bad weather,” he said.

“At the end of the day I have to put food on the table.

“I sometimes let people hire my boat but I only give it to those I trust. I sell my catch at the Savusa­vu market and I am able to pay bills for the house.

“I have attended one Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji workshop and have a fishing licence.”

Mr Kumar urges fishermen to always take heed of the weather because it is better to be safe than sorry.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj



Fijisun Ad Space


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Tower Insurance
Advertise here
Covid 19 - SPC
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper