Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Alotau has new K700,000 fish market

A new K700, 000 fish market was opened in Alotau yesterday (Tuesday), much to the delight of fisher folk in the vast maritime Milne Bay province, The National reports.
Fisheries expert from OFCF Japan, Katsuji Fujita (left) giving the key of the new Huhu Fish Market to NFA managing director Sylvester Pokajam as Alotau district administrator Thomas Pilai looks on. –Nationalpic by ANCILLA WRAKUALE

The brand-new Huhu Fish Market includes fish storage facilities, and also has a jetty for boats to unload their catch.
The fish market and jetty was opened by managing director for National Fisheries Authority (NFA), Sylvester Pokajam and witnessed by provincial and local level governments, Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) delegates and other development partners.
The fish storage facilities consists of deep freezers, ice-making machines and condensing plants worth K400, 000 and were made possible through the support of Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation of Japan (OFCF).
Pokajam thanked OFCF for its continuous support in helping fisheries infrastructure development in PNG such as the US$5 million Wewak market and jetty.
He said the funding for the market facilities was made possible by K100, 000 contributions from Alotau MP and Commerce and Industry Minister Charles Abel, K200, 000 from NFA, and K400 from OFCF.
Alotau district administrator Thomas Pilai said the market would provide easy access to fishers to store and sell their fish at the markets to earn income.
Pilai encouraged the people to take advantage of the facilities by making good use of them and also to take of them.
Minister for Fisheries Job Pomat said the fish market facilities were part of the initiatives to develop and improve coastal maritime facilities and infrastructure throughout the maritime provinces in the country.
“The inshore fish aggregating device (IFAD) and the fish market facilities complement each other in the sense that they will promote fishing, hence, higher landings of fish, which means that a proper market facility is essential to sell the surplus that the families cannot consume,” he

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