The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has officially handed over the Thiaroya fish smoking facility to women fish smokers of Gunjur in Gambia.
James F. Gomez, the Gambian Minister of Fisheries, appreciated being associated with the official handing over of the improved fish smoking facility to the women of Ginjur.
The Gunjur Community Fisheries Center is one of the biggest fish landing sites on the Gambian coast line which serves not only the country, but the sub region as well.
Gomez said the Gambian Government is aware of the importance and potential role of artisanal fishing in the socio economic development of the country and has supported the development and expansion of the sub-sector, over time.
Gomez also noted that the government is committed to reducing poverty and improving the well-being of the population, adding that the commitment is driven by it’s national development plan 2018 to 2021.
He then stated that the Project will be implemented within seventeen communities along the Coast of the country and it is estimated that scores of people will benefit from it.
Dr. Perpetua Katepa Kalala, the FAO representative said the fisheries sector in the country has significant potentials to increase it’s contribution to the nation’s socio economic development, adding that it is a dynamic sector with various value chain actors operating a variety of small and micro enterprises or business activities.
She said that according to FAO statistics, fisheries constitute a major sector for food security and nutrition as global production of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic animals continue to grow.
Dr. Kalala added that although fishing is predominantly the role of men in the Gambia, women have a central and crucial role in the sector as they occupy the post-harvest sector by forming the link between fish capture and consumption.