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NFA Gives K250, 000 to Daru Fisheries Development Center Minimize

 Food security and alternative sources for income generation for the people of Fly River basin after the expected Ok Tedi Mine closure is one of the most concerned issues for the Fly River Provincial Government.  Alternative sustainable economic activity using resources existing in the province are key for such development.

Thus the fisheries resources especially in the inland region with vast floodplain area of Fly River system have potential for sustainable economic activity. Given the importance of the fisheries developments potentials, the Fly River Provincial Government launched the Lowland Aquaculture Research Development and Extension Center (LADEC) to develop a reliable and sustainable infrastructure that will support, research and develop fish and other livestock that will benefit the Provincial Fisheries Division and fisherman and fish farmers especially targeted population. 

The National Fisheries Authority under the Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries Business Unit committed K250, 000 towards this project last year. Under this commitment, NFA has made an initial K100, 000 available as part payment to the project last year and yesterday NFA then presented another K50, 000 towards this project.

John Kasu Acting Managing Director of National Fisheries Authority officially presented the cheque to the LADEC representative. Mr Kasu said that PNG has a lot of indigenous fish species and Western province has fish species like; tilapia, saratoga, common carp, barramundi and others which can be farmed and harvested through the support and assistance of this project.
Dr Kiyoshi Masuda a senior volunteer from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who manages the research Center thanked the management of National Fisheries Authority for the brilliant support. He also thanked Fly River Provincial Government as well as other donor partners for the effort of contribution towards this project. Dr Masuda said that Fly River has abundance of the most inland fisheries resource in the country and the Research Center will support the fisheries activities in the province by providing training, technical expertise, skills and management.  
 Fishery is one of the most important resources which support the livelihood of the people in the province. Jacob Wani Executive Manager for Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries said that one of the core objectives of the project is to improve the living standard of the people in the province using inland fisheries resources and also to provide nutritional status and income generation capacity for the families.
The Fly River provincial government made a substantial investment through this project especially in the construction of physical structure of the project.