Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:54

Fishing has economic viability

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Too often when a fisherman or farmer is mentioned, an image of a lower class citizen is painted in one's mind.

It's a view of Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Land and Fisheries, Avinash Singh, hopes to change but he believes the fishing and farming industry must also be made more appealing to the young people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Speaking at the Seafood Industry Development Company's launch of a Youth Fishing Clinic, he said young people need to understand that agriculture is one of the most important industries in any economy.

"A country that cannot feed itself is insignificant in the national landscape. I mean, we look to Venezuela and we see our brothers and sisters right next door eating out of the garbage cans and unfortunate as it is, food and the availability of food and safe food is a problem next door."

Fifty students from rural fishing communities in Trinidad are getting the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Fishing Clinic.

The students are expected to learn seafood vending, handling, safety, fishing processing & utilization, aquaculture development and entrepreneurial awareness among other things.

Mr. Singh, who is also a farmer, said although it may appear to be a risky business, fishing has economic viability.

"Food has no political agenda. Food has no political affiliation and whatever we do as a nation, it will impact on us being successful in the economic and international arena."

He said government is striving to make agriculture and aquaculture more appealing to young people.

"When you call the word fisherman, what comes to your mind? You see, culturally we have been exposed to the whitewash that these types of profession are not noble and they are only geared towards persons who didn't have an alternative. I stand here as testimony because I am a farmer by profession. Now I am Parliamentary Secretary."

The initiative by Digicel and SIDC is expected to emphasise the importance of food security, while encouraging young people to be entrepreneurs.

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