One of the challenges faced by the Naduruloulou Research Station – was to improve the infrastructure of their Hatchery.

This was shared by the Principal Fisheries Officer – Shalendra Singh.

“What a some of the challenges we were facing over the years of the station because, like I said  that station was built around 1975, mid 1970’s  and over the years we’ve got some aging infrastructure, that we wanted to improve that was hindering Tilapia seedling production. So as part of the Grant project we will improve, we will purchase our Tilapia production capacity  at the station. In terms of our hatchery materials basically our tanks, our heaters, our nets, so what will just do is, currently from our Target of 1.5million that we’re providing  this year but that is still very less. Our Farmer numbers are increasing every year and there’s a lot of pressure on us to support them.” 

Singh shared these challenges during the Grant Signing ceremony yesterday, between the Government of Japan, and the Fisheries Ministry.

Singh says the grant will allow them to purchase new ‘Aquaculture material’ and a tractor – that will assist tremendously, in the production of ‘Tilapia’ and supply high quality ‘Tilapia Fingerlings’, on a timely basis to Farmers.

The Japenese Government has provided a Grant of more than 370 Thousand Fijian dollars, to assist in the Naduru-loulou Research Station.

So this particular Grant Project after we’ve purchased this material will double or triple the production of Tilapia so that we are able to supply high quality Tilapia fingerlings on a timely basis to the farmers so there will be no delay, and remember we have all the farmers who are inland, on the islands, Namosi, Naitasiri, in Tailevu because these are the farmers that cannot go out  to the sea to get their fish, so the Ministry has the concept, we take them to their doorsteps, so they farm fish and for us Government support services we have to be on our toes to be able to meet the demand from the farmers. So that they are, like I said they can farm fish, they can eat for food security, and also they can sell it and use that money to improve their Livelihood”

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