2018-2019 National Budget: Initiatives funding

Minister for Fisheries Semi Korolavesu unveils the plaque to officially open the Kiuva Marine Reserve at Kiuva village in Tailevu yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Ministry of Fisheries is expecting to have funds allocated for their sustainable climate change and mitigation initiatives in the 2018-2019 National Budget that will be announced this evening.

Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau said they were confident they would be able to fund their sustainable initiatives going forward.

“With the preliminary discussions held, with the budget, we are sure that Government is going to give us funding to carry out sustainable climate change and mitigation initiatives to improve the livelihood of people in the surrounding coastal areas and the maritime islands,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“I am confident that we will be able to have funds to fund our sustainable initiatives going forward and also our monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing areas.”

He said, however, once the budget was announced, they would accept the funds allocated to the ministry. “Whatever we are given, we will be happy with it. “We just need to manage it better,” he said.

“We will take whatever is given to us, but we will manage it better so that the benefit is spread out widely in the islands and within Fiji,” The ministry was allocated $18.8 million in the 2017-2018 Budget.