People displaced by terrorism receive goods for fishing in Cabo Delgado

Deslocados de terrorismo recebem bens para prática da pesca em Cabo Delgado

Fishermen from the districts of Metuge, Mocímboa da Praia and Palma received fishing gear this Tuesday (28) in Pemba, Cabo Delgado, through of the government's project for the Recovery from the Northern Crisis (PRCD). These are 73 boats with their respective means of catching and preserving fish, as well as protective vests.

The PRCD aims to mitigate the impact of terrorism and enable the reintegration of the victims, who are also fishermen whose license payments have been regularized.

According to the Deputy Minister for the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, Henriques Bogence, who led the ceremony, fishing is the government's priority for the production of food to strengthen the population's food security, create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

"Cabo Delgado province has enormous fishing potential with 430km of coastline and in the current context, the beneficiaries of the project are the displaced families and people who are accommodated in the resettlement centers, host villages, carrying out fishing and aquaculture activities," Bongece said. He urged the fishermen to make rational use of the goods received and to exploit marine resources sustainably by using recommended fishing gear, combating illegal fishing and marine pollution, as well as preserving the mangrove swamp.

The Governor of Cabo Delgado, Valige Tauabo, said that the Mozambican government's intervention was focused on productive sectors such as fishing, with a view to increasing production levels, productivity and improving the population's diet, with a commitment to covering more districts.

"With these equipped vessels it will be possible to increase catch levels in quantity and quality. These deliveries show that the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries is committed to assisting Cabo Delgado and improving the performance of fishing activity", said Tauabo.

For their part, the fishermen, through their representative, Luís Namla, expressed their gratitude for the support they received to develop their fishing activity and support their families.

The ceremony was attended by local and religious authorities from Pemba and the chairmen of the boards of ProAzul, FP, Simeão Lopes; INAMAR, IP, Isaías Mondlane; and the deputy director of IDEPA, IP, Júlio Bastos Picardo.

The PRCD is led by the National Fund for Sustainable Development (FNDS), in coordination with the Blue Economy Development Fund (ProAzul) and the Cabo Delgado Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries, and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Management (UNOPS).

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