The proposed project aims at increasing the incomes of artisanal fishers by providing the necessary support and enabling environment to improve food security while contributing to the reduction of poverty on a sustainbable basis.
The main components of the project include: (a) Construction of 10 fishing centers (administrative and training section + repair & commercial section);(b) Credit support service for individuals & cooperatives in fish production, processing and marketing; and (c) Capacity building for project staff, institutions and beneficiaries.
- The project will benefit about 25,000 small-scale fishers and their families along 10 coastal communities;- Fish processing and marketing in quantity will also improve from increased landing production; and - It is also intended to raise the quality standard of fish products that will be supplied to domestic market.
The country's total fish catch has ony slightly recovered from its collapse from 650,000 MT in 1973 to 50,000 MT in 1976. Currently the demand for fish products for domestic consumption is 25 Kg per head and per annum. With a population of about 13.5 million, fish will be needed to supply the domestic market. Thus, the Government wants the artisanal fisheries sub-sector to expand to cope with the anticipated fish demand of at least 33 Kg per head per annum. Supporting artisanal fisheries related activities will lead to increased food supply and income for the fishing communities as well as an increase in revenue for the Government.