Fish Farmers Benefit Modern Storage Facilities
The chairperson of the National Fish Farmers Union of Liberia (NAFFUL) has disclosed that storage facilities have been built for fish farmers in Liberia.
Madam Kona Kollie stated that storage facilities have been difficult for the fish farmers over the years and therefore fishes were stored in the sand on beaches, which is not safe.
Madam Kollie made the disclosure recently at a one day seminar for stakeholders within the fishery sector in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Ministry of Agriculture held at a local hotel in Monrovia.
She indicated that the facilities have been constructed in the Township of West Point, New Kru Town and Grand Bassa County with huge generators to ensure that their fishes are stored properly.
She explained that the Fishery Project for Peace Consolidate Services is being sponsored by UNMIL initially, but the sustainability of the project will depend on the fish farmers.
Madam Kollie emphasized that the project will enable fish farmers to form cooperative to champion their plights concerning the fishery sector in Liberia.
The seminar, which brought together more than 150 fish farmers, was held under the theme: “Enhancing conflict prevention and peace consolidation through increased food security in the fishery sector.”
Meanwhile, the Focal Person for the Fishery Project of Peace Consolidate Services at UNMIL, Kofi Ireland said UNMIL has decided to intervene in the food sector to consolidate peace in Liberia.
Mr. Ireland noted that hunger brews conflict among people, but he stressed that food security prevents conflict as fish farmers are important towards sustaining the peace.
He noted that UNMIL is gradually getting to the end of its mandate in Liberia and to consolidate peace in the country with food security being one of the key factors for stability among Liberians.
For his Part, the Director of Sector Coordination at the Ministry of Agriculture, Michael Titoe said the ministry will provide technical support to the fish farmers.
Mr. Titoe stated that the fish farmers union will be extended beyond Monrovia to coordinate fish farmers across the Liberia.
He expressed thanks and appreciations to UNMIL for supporting fish farmers in the country.