By Isatou Jawara
The West African Development for Artisanal Fisheries, a sub-regional fisheries project, has organized a capacity building forum for local fishermen on how to develop action plan ahead of project funds disbursement.
WADAF has secured funding for various fish landing sites in the country.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at Bakau community centre, Dawda Saine, national correspondent for the WADAF project, strengthening the capacity of fisher folk in Africa, said the focus is geared towards developing their capacity on resources management, processing and also organizational management, communication and advocacy.
According to Saine, this project costs D4 millions dalasi and as soon as work plans are done, the project will kick – start implementation next month.
He said all the participants are from Bakau and there is need for all of them to sit down and agree on the work plan.
Project coordinator Musa Mbenga, emphasised the importance attached to capacity building, saying that there is need to build the capacity of the fishermen who are the sole beneficiaries of this project.
“We must prepare a collective action plan before disbursement of funds starts and to prepare well before the project kicks start. The project will start before the end of the month,” he said.