Food security for fish production
HIRDA has started this February the fishing project with a support of human concern international (HCI) in Ceel garde eastern of Berbera town in Somaliland. The main purpose of the project is to engage as many youth and women as possible in the fishing industry. This project which will last for 6 months will encourage sustainable entrepreneurial and quality improvements for fresh and processed fish for local consumption. This will serve as a tool for sustainable health and poverty reduction it will also increase disposable incomes, revitalize local economies, and lead to better livelihoods for urban and pastoral populations at coastal areas. The project will also protect the fish assets through the marine policy and protection which have significant contribution to meat sector by improving fishing productivity.
During the implementation, the project will conduct training skills relevant to fishing education with effective practices and skills of fishing methods, marine safety and related necessary facilities in fish production and preservation to fisheries to attain a broad basic knowledge of fishing to the way they improve their families and community life.
A number of project beneficiaries are estimated 60 household heads (40 fishermen & 20 women). Indirectly, a total of 300-360 family members will be assisted and benefited in marketing fish products through training skills and provision of basic necessary fishing facilities. Direct beneficiaries are composed of pastoralists of fish collectors and producers, fish cooling/processors, labours at fish landing sites, transporters and women in fish processors). These will benefit from training and support through procurement of fish materials and equipment.
Sustainability of the project will be maximised by working with fishery association who will gain skills to continue providing services of fish production privately on market demand and economic terms. In addition, the fishery association members will be trained to manage operate and maintain the developed structures for a sustained long-term use of fish production and processing.