The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Gambia office on Friday 9th December 2022 handed over fish smoking houses to the communities of Brufut and Tanji.
In a statement at the handing over ceremony in both communities, the Permanent Sectary Omar SM Gibba at the Ministry of Fisheries Water Resources and National Assembly Matters (MoFWR-NAMs) said the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Department of Fisheries contributes immensely to the productivity of the Fisheries sector in all aspects. He said the thiaroye processing technique (FTT) built for the two communities is a plus for the fisheries sector in the country.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the FTT smoke houses would be a great help to women of Brufut and Tanji pointing out that the new technology would increase the quality of fisheries products and reduce cost for women. “My advice is to take care of the building because government alone cannot do the development without your help,” P S Gibba beneficiary communities.
Momodou sidibeh Deputy Director Department of Fisheries in his opening statement said the goal of the Fisheries sector is to promote vibrant Fisheries and aquaculture through research, sustainable management, and utilization of the Fisheries resources that would enhance employment and livelihood opportunities among other things.
Sidibeh applauded UNIDO through FAO for providing such a mordent technology for fish smoking for women in the Gambia.
Vessel owners and agents operating in Gambian waters are urged to register their vessels and get certified