GIS - 22 November, 2013: Government has put in place various schemes to ensure that fishermen not only have a better economic income but also participate actively in the economy of the country. The fisheries industry is set to become one of the strongest economic pillar.
This statement was made yesterday at Case Noyale by the Minister of Fisheries, Mr N. Von Mally on the occasion of the International Day of Fishermen organised by the Ministry of Fisheries and the Fishermen Welfare Fund.
Prayers and a laying of wreath ceremony were also part of the programme to mark this day at the initiative of The Fishermen Welfare Fund.
The Fishermen Welfare Fund was incorporated by Government under the Fishermen Welfare Fund Act No. 28 of 2000. It is a corporate body under the aegis of the Ministry of Fisheries. It is situated on the Ground Floor of Fisheries Training and Extension Centre Building at Royal Road Pointe Aux Sables.
As per the Fishermen Welfare Fund Act, the objectives are: to advance and promote the welfare of registered fishermen and their families, to manage and optimise the financial and other resources of the Fund to further the social and economic welfare of fishermen,
The Fishermen Welfare Fund also develop schemes and projects for the welfare of registered fishermen, and to set up Schemes in respect of loan and other financial assistance, for the benefit of registered fishermen.
It is also responsible to do all such things as appear to be necessary and conductive to the promotion of the welfare of registered fishermen in general.
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