FISHERMEN on Vanua Levu should expect some relief now that plans are afoot for the Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) to buy fish from them at a very competitive price.
In an interview yesterday, authority's sales and marketing manager Alivereti Yaya said they were working on refurbishing their fish processing facility in Nausori to sell fish from.
"We have just started working on the facility and once this is done, we will be sending out our trucks to buy from fishermen not only in Vanua Levu but other rural and maritime islands in Fiji as well," he said.
"If all goes according to plan, we will be expecting to send out the trucks at the end of this month and the government vessels will also be assisting us on this.
"We will be buying fish from the fishermen and not the middlemen because we have noticed that they are usually ripped off their profits as a result of trading with middlemen.
"We have decided to embark on this initiative because this is also one way of helping the rural people financially."
Mr Yaya added they also wanted the fishermen and farmers to utilise the available resources around them for sources of income.
"At least with this initiative, people are motivated to produce more for sources of income."
When asked about their plans to have a fish processing facility in the North, Mr Yaya said their priority at the moment was to have the facility in Nausori up and running.
"Right now, our focus is the facility in Nausori and once this progresses, we will look into having one in Labasa."