Mauritius government empowers fishermen

Big Game Fishing , Island Mauritius. Photo : Sportquest Holidays

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The Mauritius government earlier today handed over letters of intent for the purchase of the new outboard engine and fishing nets under the government’s Grant Scheme to 12 fishermen, in Port-Louis.

Operated by the Cooperative Development Fund and the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, the initiative provides financial assistance to fishermen cooperatives for the purchase of new outboard engine and fishing nets with aims of boosting the fisheries sector.

Under this scheme, a grant of 60 percent of the cost of an outboard engine and fishing nets is provided, while 30 percent is financed by the Mauritius Fishermen Cooperative Federation Ltd (MFCF) and other 30 percent by the Cooperative Development Fund – the recipient fishermen cooperative society then bears the remaining costs.

The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Soomilduth Bholah, highlighted the need to encourage participating initiatives in his department, saying the government is determined to provide support to the fishermen community and ensure they benefit from a number of facilities and services.

“The Grant Scheme is part of the measures taken in budget 2018/2019 to enhance the financial position of fishermen cooperatives and equip them with necessary tools for their fishing activities,” said Bholah.

“The overall aim is to leverage the fisheries sector and help fishermen to modernise their fishing activity by ensuring acquisition of modern and safer equipment.”

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