May 21, 2013, 9:17 AM
The grant of 630 million Yen, about D126 million, is to finance the construction of a market hall with office space, a fish handling yard, a chill room and cooler boxes in Brikama. Fish boxes for fish storage and an ice-making machine for the conservation of the products will also be provided. A new water supply system will be installed to maintain a healthy hygienic environment. These facilities and equipment will ensure a better and more profitable distribution of the fish products of good quality by reducing the post harvest losses of the fish retail stage.
A media release forwarded to The Point last evening states that due to the special location of Brikama it is a key junction of transportation that links the coast and the inland. The demand for fish is increasing and Brikama market continues to expand.
"The project mainly aims to achieve the sales of fresh and quality fish in a healthy environment by improving the conditions of fish retail markets in Brikama and its neighboring areas," revealed ambassador Takashi.
He said that, it also includes a soft component with technical assistance through a training programme on how to use facilities and equipment.
Fisheries is one of the key sectors of Japanese cooperation in The Gambia.
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"The sustainable development and management of this important sector offers prospects for social and economic development not only for the concerned regions but also throughout the land," he said.