The Government of Japan today provided a Grant worth more than 370 thousand Fijian dollars to assist in the Naduruloulou Research Station.
The project was funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project or GGP.
During the Grant signing ceremony today, Japan’s Ambassador to Fiji -Masahiro Omura said this Grant will facilitate Provision of materials to expand the already thriving Tilapia seed Production to benefit more communities.
The Assistance by the Japanese Government is a Timely one for the Naduruloulou Reasech station.
This was the sentiments made by Principal Fisheries Officer-Shalendra Singh.
Singh says the station is the key for Developing Fresh Aquaculture in Fiji.
“This particular Project that we have been working on over the past two years and it has come to fruition today, actually its a very critical Project with regards to not only the station but the Ministry of Fisheries overall and of cause the people of Fiji. So what this particular Project will do and the grant that is coming as part of the Project this is going to boost our Naduruloulou Research Station. Naduruloulou Research Station in Fiji is the key station in Fiji for developing fresh water Aquaculture in Fiji basically we run a hatchery, its a Government run hatchery.”
Minister for Fisheries-Semi Koroilavesau says the Grant will increase its capacity and will help strengthen the Agriculture assistance to local Tilapia Farmers in Fiji.
” It is very important because it is one of the aspect that we use for food security for the Fijian people and also for the alternative to actual fishing in the ocean which is under a lot of pressure at the moment, we distribute about a million seedlings to all Tilapia farmers in Fiji, this will increase its capacity and will help strengthen our assistance to the local Tilapia farmers in Fiji” said Semi Koroilavesau – Minister for Fisheries
The Naduruloulou Research Station is the first established Aquaculture station in Fiji and the facility has mostly been Developed by the Japenese Government.
“Aquaculture Project seems to be a very good way to cope with the challenges we face by Global warming and mine resources is restrained and we need to find a way to go around this restrictions,” said Masahiro Omura – Japanese Ambassador to Fiji.
Currently the Naduruloulou Reaserch Station is the only facility for Tilapia Seed prodction supporting 500 Tilapia Farmers in Fiji.
The station produces One million Tilapia Fingerlings Annually.