Fisherfolk in the First Electoral District are planning to pool resources and start a fishing company to help revive their livelihoods which were greatly impacted by last year’s hurricanes.
First District Representative Andrew Fahie said the idea came out of a meeting with more than 50 agriculture workers recently.
He said fisherfolk in his constituency are hoping they will become more eligible for bank loans to purchase much need fishing equipment.
“They can establish that company and then go to the bank to buy the larger boats and do some deep sea fishing so that they could make more millionaires out of the people and have that ricochet in other areas,” Fahie explained.
While speaking at a Rotary Club function recently, Fahie called on Rotarians to support the venture.
“Any professional help that the group can do to help them (fisherfolk) steer in that direction will be greatly needed,” he said.
The idea to start a local fishing organization follows a statement from Agriculture Minister Dr Kedrick Pickering that farmers and fishermen are not an immediate priority for government.
A number of fishing vessels and equipment were either severely damaged or lost during Hurricane Irma back in September.
Since then, fisherfolk have been scrambling for funding to get back to sea.
But agriculture workers might not see any assistance from until the second fiscal quarter of this year, Dr Pickering has said.
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