MOGADISHU (HOL) – A locally manufactured boat docked in Kismayo this week as part of EU and FAO efforts in building livelihoods in Somalia through fishing and agricultural production.
According to a statement from FAO, the boat which was manufactured by local technicians in Bosaso was handed over to Jubbaland Government.
“Locally built and designed to meet all international quality and safety standards, the vessels feature a low power, low emission diesel engine, with fuel consumption lower than any outboard powered vessel,” a FAO statement read in part.new vessels are also equipped with modern electronic navigation and safety gear.
The vessels include the hydraulic capacity for modern low impact fishing techniques, which will be introduced as part of the training curriculum under a recently launched EU funded project called Resilient Fisheries and Livestock Value Chain for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Somalia (RAAISE).
EU ambassador to Somalia Nicolas Berlanga said the manufacturing of the boat locally opened the way for job opportunities and support of local skills.
“This modern vessel was designed and built in Somalia by local technicians. We are confident our support develops skills in the private sector that can lead to better fishing and job opportunities, especially for the young people of Somalia. The European Union is proud to support the efforts of FAO and local authorities of coastal communities.”
The 10.3 metre vessel is designed to provide a flexible arrangement suitable for both fishing and training.
Designed and built in Somalia, the vessel is just one improvement in the fish supply chain aiming to deliver fresh, safe and nutritious fish to consumers in Somalia and abroad.
“Alongside solar powered flake ice machines and refrigerated transport vehicles supplied through the CCAP project, the interventions are not only boosting production and livelihoods, but generating new job opportunities for the nation’s youth,” stated John Purvis, FAO Somalia Project Manager
The boat which is among three vessels designed by FAO have been made by Hidig Boat Factory, Bosaso, under the European Union (EU) funded Coastal Communities Against Piracy project.