The New Dawn (Monrovia)

13 February 2013

Liberia: UN Fishery Project for Grand Bassa

Poor fish handling at Port market site in Buchanan. TCP Project aims at improving handling, processing, and marketing for increased income generation for beneficiaries.

A two-day stakeholder's consultation workshop to review and provide inputs to a Technical Cooperation Project's work plan in line with project framework outputs, outcomes, and current ongoing activities opened in Monrovia yesterday.

The project is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to help develop the fishery sector in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County for the introduction of simple technologies to reduce losses, improve fish quality, and better local markets for improved standard of life among beneficiaries.

The fishery development consultation event is being held under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Agriculture, National Fisheries Bureau, and West Africa Regional Fishery Project.

In March 2012, FAO and the Government of Liberia jointly launched the Technical Cooperation Project titled, "Support to reduce post-harvest losses and improve income of fishers through a product-centered community support fishery model in Grand Bassa County".

FAO has allocated US$346,000 budget for the 15 months duration project which will benefit fisher-folks in Grand Bassa County, comprising 931 beneficiaries mainly women and youth. Yesterday's occasion was graced by senior officials of FAO and of the Ministry of Agriculture.

FAO is currently funding three Technical Cooperation Projects worth over US$1,1 million for poultry production in Lofa County, fishery development in Grand Bassa County, and the establishment of a data base at the Forestry Development Authority in Monrovia.

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