The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), has put great smiles on the faces of the fishery sector in Maryland with the turnover of 33 pieces of outboard motors.
Presenting the 33 pieces of outboard Machines to fishermen of Maryland NaFAA Deputy Director, William Bowah, said the categories of motors were 8 horsepower and 4 horsepower. He further said the kind gesture is a result of support from the Government of Japan through the government of Liberia.
The NaFAA Deputy Director General, at the same time, said the donation aims to empower the fisheries sector of the county and the citizens at large.
Speaking at the turning over ceremony the county superintendent, George Andrew Prowd, said the donation is the first of its kind in the history of the county, for rural fisheries communities to be remembered by the government.
Meanwhile Superintendent Prowd noted that the donation of the Outboard machines means a great help to Fishermen and will revamp the fishing sector and boost their operations as fishermen.
He said the government’s intervention to help fishermen has more reasons for the continued growth of the sector and will put an end to the old traditional way of fishing in the sector.
This will enable fishermen to reach far distances in their operation to fetch different kinds of fishes,” Superintendent Prowd, emphasized.
At the same time, Sup’t Prowd commended both the Liberian and Japanese governments for the insightful donation, further noting that it will help to improve the livelihood of the citizens.
The beneficiaries expressed thanks and appreciation to President George M.Weah through NAFAA for the donations
Moreover, the fishermen in the county used the ceremony to seek for protection of NaFAA against obtruders from foreign countries who usually entered Liberia’s waters to fish.
The fishermen then appealed to NaFAA for additional and durable 15 horsepower outboard machines.
NaFAA at the same time has brought 195 bundles of nets to the Maryland fishing communities in the county. The beneficiaries include: New Kru Town, Nikangbo, Old Kru Town and Hoffman Station other are Fish Town, Middle Town, Rock Town and Cavalla
The targeted communities were grouped into cooperatives while the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) played a very vital role in all of the arrangements that led to the finishing processes of the program.