President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated on Sunday that most of the challenges facing the fisheries sector will be resolved by the middle of 2023. He made the remarks today while speaking with the fishermen on Faresmaathodaa Island in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. The President is on Faresmaathodaa Island to join celebrations to mark Fishermen’s Day.
At the meeting, the fishermen shared a host of concerns with the President, including challenges to sales and delayed payments, and difficulties in acquiring ice and fuel. Other topics include challenges to the use of satellite phones and banking limitations.
Speaking at the meeting, the President highlighted that, despite the development and progress of fishing vessels, past governments had failed to cater to their needs. He then noted that only minimal efforts have been made over the past 10-12 years to further develop the sector.
Speaking about his administration’s efforts to develop the industry, the President assured that the results of these efforts will be seen soon and that the main issues facing the sector will be resolved by mid-2023. He also highlighted the ongoing projects to upgrade and increase the capacity of fish processing plants.
The President also expressed his gratitude to the fishermen for their support of the celebrations in Faresmaathodaa to mark Fishermen’s Day. The Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture, in partnership with the island council of Faresmaathodaa Island, carried out numerous activities to mark the occasion.