Yesterday, the 25th of September 2018, a new fish market was opened in Galkayo, with participation of the Ministry of Fisheries, the European Union Delegation to Somalia, local authorities and community representatives. The market is part of the EU funded program “Income, livelihood and nutrition through a fishery-based economy at the Horn of Africa”, implemented by FairFishing in close cooperation with the Ministry of Fisheries in Puntland. The newly purpose-built market is equipped with stands and facilities for ice production and cold storage.
The municipality of Galkayo provided the land for the construction. Galkayo is a town with high potential for an increasing consumption of fish and offers opportunities to trade fish in the whole region as well as neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia.
The EU Head of Cooperation, Pilar Palmero underlined the prospect of the fisheries sector to create jobs and income and confirmed EU commitment in supporting the sector and the region in future programmes. The Mayor of Galkayo, Mohamud Yasin Tumey, appreciated EU support and expressed his hope that the market will increase the local demand and consumption of fish.
The market is only the first of the three facilities that the project has supported in Puntland. A market in Qardo and and a Fishery Station in Garcaad will be opened in the following weeks. By strengthening the whole fishery value chain from the coastal station in Garacaad to the two in-land markets in Qardho and Galkayo, the project aims to create job and income opportunities along the fishery value chain, as well as improve access to nutritious food among local populations.
The Director General of the Ministry of Fisheries, Farhan Ali Hersi urged the community to take care and maintain the facility and confirmed his support to make the market a successful experience.
The FairFishing project builds on the experience developed during the years by the NGO in Berbera, Somaliland. EU financial support of 3 million Euro and the strong collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries allowed the project to expand and replicate this model in Puntland. These Project is also active in Somaliland.