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Japanese Government Funds Fisheries Projects in Madang Minimize

The Japanese Government has approved another magnificent fisheries project to be funded under the fisheries grant component of the Japanese Overseas Development Assistance. The National Fisheries Authority has submitted a proposal in 2011 through the Department of National Planning and Monitoring to the Government of Japan to fund the project and this project has been approved. This project will cost approximately US$5 million.

More than 80,000 people of Madang town, the surrounding communities and other users of Madang market will benefit from the new Madang Market and Fisheries Jetty Project.

According to the Managing Director of the National Fisheries Authority, Mr. Sylvester Pokajam, the proposed project will involve the construction of the vegetables and fish market buildings, the development of a fisheries jetty, which includes the ice making and ice cum fish storage facilities, the expansion of the waterway into the lagoon and construction of a hanging bridge, and procurement and installation of related equipment and materials such as the water reservoir and emergency generator to complement the market facilities.

Mr. Pokajam however said that the project is part of a series of projects earmarked for coastal maritime provinces, similar to the new Wewak Market and Jetty, with the primary objective of enhancing fisheries production at the artisanal level for local Papua New Guineans by strengthening fish distribution capabilities, by providing sound and hygienic market condition for the daily market users. The construction of the fisheries jetty, ice making and fish landing facilities will enhance market accessibility and promote local fishermen and coastal fisheries development in general in terms of increasing cash income opportunities and promoting local fishing businesses. 

The development of the jetty and the expansion of the waterway into the lagoon is not only an essential part of the market by means of improvement of accessibility to the market but also plays an important role in the promotion of artisanal fisheries as center of the regional fisheries development and enhancement of the town infrastructure, physical features and beautification. The jetty, ice making and landing facilities once developed, will be used as a center of artisanal fisheries development as well as a base of sea transportation for banana boats that link remote communities and the Madang market.

  
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