The Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company Limited (MIFCO) has stated that Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) systems are being installed on fishing vessels as part of the Kandu Falhuge Nafaa Programme.
During an interview with PSM News, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIFCO Ismail Fauzee, discussed the benefits of installing RSW systems on fishing vessels. He said the government is prioritizing the installation of these systems to help fishermen get better prices for their catch. MIFCO engineers will assess each boat’s capacity before installing high-quality RSW systems. Additionally, MIFCO will address any warranty concerns and provide service centres for maintenance.
The aim of implementing RSW systems is to aid fishermen facing difficulties in accessing ice from far-off ice plants. This will cut down their costs and facilitate the preservation of their catch, enabling them to spend extended durations at sea. Presently, the government is actively engaged in the installation of these systems on fishing vessels to furnish a refrigeration mechanism. Additionally, the government is providing loans to support the installation process. Consequently, the necessary funds for installation will be directly credited to the fishing boat owner’s account.