Minister for Fisheries Hon. Semi Koroilavesau has reassured aquaculture farmers that no one will be left behind and that the Ministry will always be ready to assist them.
Officiating at the handing over of feed to West based aquaculture farmers in Lautoka today, Minister Koroilavesau stressed that the Ministry of Fisheries is dedicated to building on the progress that they have achieved together and that is by investing in communities and interested farmers.
“And this is through continued efforts in giving Fijians the assistance they need. As Minister responsible for Fisheries, I have been visiting a range of new projects and communities all over Fiji and witnessing at the fore front the struggles our people are going through. “I would like to reaffirm to you that we are here for you and that no one will be left behind.”
“The Ministry of Fisheries is geared to supporting the Government’s vision of ensuring sustainable economic development, food security and at the same time maintaining resource sustainability for all Fijians. “We are here this morning to witness another of Government’s continued commitment to support the exceptional, hardworking Aquaculture farmers through the feed supply program.
Minister Koroilavesau highlighted that Aquaculture is one of the immediate solutions to addressing food security, resource sustainability and climate change.
“Our aim is to increase the production of tilapia fry and shrimp post larvae through innovative and tangible approaches. “To achieve this, Government has increased the allocated funding for the new financial year to maximise the scope of assistance to Food Security and Commercial Aquaculture Farmers.
“This would include improved pond management, infrastructure improvement and development.
“To our farmers present today, the Ministry of Fisheries is determined to work closely with you. With our eyes set wholly on a sustainable blue economy, aquaculture will play a critical role in achieving this vision.
“That’s why Government is with you every step of the way to make aquaculture farming as hassle-free and profitable as possible.” A total of 165 bags of tilapia, prawn and shrimp feeds worth more than $30, 000 were handed to farmers that were affected by TC Harold.