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(SNO) — The fisheries sector in Saint Lucia has received aid grant to the tune of US$1.8 million from Japan which will go towards the procurement of essential equipment.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the official Exchange of Notes for the aid was held between the government of Japan and the government of Saint Lucia to be specifically targeted towards the fisheries sector.
“This grant is presented in order to help enhance Saint Lucia’s fisheries sector,” stated Deputy Head of the Mission for Japan, Yoshinori Yakabe, during the ceremony.
He said that the aid is expected to improve the operations of the sector and create a more hygienic environment which is essential for the fishing industry.
“This will also assist the government of Saint Lucia in achieving its policy objectives in food security and nutrition,” he stated.
Prime Minister Chastanet, at the ceremony, thanked the government of Japan on behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia for “their incredible support to Saint Lucia over the last 40 years in the areas of fisheries, disaster risk reduction and education”.
“It is our government’s intention to focus on improving the ability and the capacity of the fishermen and to help them identify new methods in order to catch more fish and to get more value for their fish,” stated the prime minister, who added that the aim is to secure a larger market share for local fishermen.
“This is a very timely intervention and on behalf of the fishermen of Saint Lucia we want thank you for this assistance,” he noted.
Supplies for the sector include platform and counter top digital scales, coolers for fish storage on ice for landing sites, Biogas digester and energy convertor, Longliner vessel – 40ft with sleeping quarters, tuna hooks, desktop computers and printers, tablets for real time data collection, GPS devices, VHF radios, Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for fishing vessels and main frame with software.