Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau stressed the importance of agriculture, food security and import substitution to improve community livelihood.
While addressing his ministries budget allocation of $20.5 million dollars, Koroilavesau highlighted how this budget will be spent.
“Madam Speaker the fisheries budget allocation is strategically spread, in saying that I plan to highlight the budget provisions for initiative and programs within our rural, coastal and maritime communities. First Madam Speaker when considering coastal and maritime communities it is important to identify the type of support that is needed to boost economic growth through improve Livelihood.”
Koroilavesau added other areas the fisheries budget will focus on.
“While reflecting on that Madam Speaker, one of the service providers for this recent yet important communities is the establishment of ice plants for this rural maritime communities the availability of ice and fish storage facility is important. It provides a longer life, a shelf life of marine commodities and contributes to proper fish handling which allows for better commercial value of fish stocks. Madam Speaker in total the 2018-2019 Budget Allocation sees a four hundred and fifty thousand dollars allocation for upgrade work on the ice plant in Ba, 1.8million for the construction of the ice plant office and Quaters at Wainigadru, Moala and Cicia, and a further two hundred and seventy nine thousand for Lekutu fishing station which will cater for the completion and upgrade of the cold storage and fishing area operation facility.”