The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) has donated two vehicles to the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) in order to boost its extension program.
Presenting the vehicles on Wednesday at the UN headquarters located in the Pan African Plaza Building in Sinkor, the UNFAO-Liberia Country Representative Mariatou Njie informed the recipient agency that her institution was once more reaffirming its full commitment to the growth and development of the Liberian fishery sector.
Madam Njie recalled that the UNFAO has continued to support the development of the fishery sector over the years, particularly through supporting youth, developing policies and aquaculture.
“UNFAO remains a key partner to the overall transformation of Liberia’s fisheries sector,” Country Representative Njie stressed.
The UNFAO Representative also used the occasion to outline the number of engagements that the NaFAA Management has had with UNFAO.
According to Madam Njie, all of the engagements were geared towards bringing about transformation in the fishery sector.
Madam Njie described NaFAA as the sector that her organization plans to direct its support to with the aim of resuscitating its production of huge supply of fish from local ponds.
She also said that the UNFAO-Liberia has informed its regional office about the needs of the Liberian fishery sector which has overtime led to the development of a concept note shared with NaFAA Management for some inputs.
Madam Njie stated that her organization and NaFAA have developed an action plan on fighting illegal, under-reported and unregulated fishing in Liberia’s territorial waters.
Receiving the vehicles from UNFAO, the Director General of NaFAA, Emma Metieh Glassco, termed the partnership with UNFAO as a big step towards a stronger collaboration.
Meanwhile, Madam Glassco has stressed that logistics is critical to expansion of the operations of the NaFAA, and as such the donation of two vehicles by UNFAO is timely and thoughtful.
She pointed out that the vehicles will enable NaFAA extend its fisheries operations to other coastal counties as the authority has planned to embark on robust tour of coastal counties under the theme “taking fisheries to the communities.”
Commenting on the concept compiled by UNFAO to revamp the Liberian fishery sector, Director General Glassco assured that her technical team is reviewing the concept to make their input and later submit it to the UN body.
Also responding to UNFAO’s plan of action to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Liberian waters, the NaFAA boss noted that UNFAO’s input will help Liberia lift the yellow card ban placed on the country.
The yellow card ban on Liberia for illegal, unregulated and unauthorized fishing prohibits Liberia from operating fishing activities in European waters.
It can be recalled that in July 2018 the UNFAO made similar donation to the NaFAA in the form of three laptops that were then described as the UN body’s initial logistical support to the fishery sector of Liberia.