Govt lauded for assisting fishermen

Section of members of the National Inland Canoe Fishing Association at the meeting.The National Inland Canoe Fishermen Council (NICFC) has expressed its appreciation to the Government for the “numerous interventions” put in place to enhance the fishing industry in the country.

The NICFC is the umbrella body of Inland fishermen covering 32 districts in five regions of the country with membership strength of more than 85,000.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its general meeting in Accra, the NICFC said it had “observed with delight, the unprecedented attention being given to them by state institutions handling the Fisheries sector under the current administration.”

According to the group, the umbrella body of inland fishermen, the attention given to them would lead to the improvement of the living standards of fisher folks across the country.

The interventions catalogued in the communiqué included the 40 per cent subsidy on cost of outboard motors, the establishment of a scholarship scheme for the children of poor fishermen and women, the establishment of a Fishing University and the Fishermen Life Insurance Policy, the provision of cold storage facilities and the subsidy on premix fuel.

The NICFC said it was happy with measures instituted by the National Premix Fuel Committee (NPFC) to weed out middlemen, who diverted premix fuel for their selfish interest, as against fishermen and women who are the intended beneficiaries of the subsidy.

The council expressed its satisfaction with the National Premix Fuel Committee for ensuring that “for the first time in many years, premix fuel supply has been increased to the extent that fishermen have the product in abundance throughout the country.”

The Inland fishermen expressed gratefulness to the Mahama-led administration for rolling out special programmes for women in the fishing industry, including the provision of aluminum pans for carrying fish, wire mesh for fish smoking and the introduction of modern techniques for the handling of fish.

By Times Reporter                                                                          


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