Women of Sepi community in Bugotu, Isabel Province are set to celebrate the launching of their Fisheries Initiative Programme on the 4th of June 2022.
Supported by the National Government, through the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (MCILI) last year, the programme aims to improve the quality and supply of fresh fish and other marine products to Honiara and other market outlets around the country.
This initiative, which was tailored under the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Programme is geared towards supporting downstream processing and value adding to fish and other marine products.
Permanent Secretary of MCILI, Riley Mesepitu is scheduled to launch the Sepi Women’s Fisheries Initiative Programme as chief guest during the event.
“I am excited and looking forward to this historical event in boosting rural economies through Women initiatives, especially in the fisheries sector” Mr Mesepitu said.
Similarly, Director of the Industries Division, Jacob Gala expressed joy at the progress made so far by the women of Sepi ahead of the launching.
“Initiatives such as the Sepi Women’s Fisheries programme will help to organise the supply of fresh fish and other seafood and will improve quality along the value chain,” Gala said.
Officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources are part of the event and will continue to provide technical support such as fish handling techniques towards this initiative.