Maputo — The Mozambican government is making over sixty million US dollars available over the next five years for the transformation of the coastal zone into poles of development.
The project was launched in 2011, focussing on the commercialisation of fishing, the use of refrigeration to conserve the catch and the promotion of artisanal fishing further out from the coast.
According to the Sofala delegate of the Institute for the Development of Small Scale Fishing, Antonio Remedio, quoted in Monday's issue of the daily newspaper “Noticias”, delays in implementing the project have been due to bureaucratic problems.
Currently, technicians from the Ministry of Fisheries are working on encouraging people to form groups to receive credit and on providing training on fish processing.
The project includes the provision of credit for purchasing inputs and the introduction of innovative products to increase the participation of women.
“Noticias” notes that later this year in the central city of Beira the project will launch training in carpentry skills for boat building.
The project will also include the construction of fish markets and the expansion of the electricity network. Access roads will be improved to enable produce to get to market.