Hula solves fish storage setback

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THE Hula Fishermen Association hopes to supply more fresh fish to markets in Port Moresby with the launching and opening of its ice-making and fish storage facility at Hula village last Friday.
The Hula villagers depend on fish and are known for their fishing skills, but getting their produce to market has always been a problem for them.
They decided to form the Hula Fishermen Association made up of more than 80 villagers.
Through the association the villagers sought funding with the help of local MP and Justice Minister and Attorney-General Ano Pala.
They pooled K250,000 to buy a mini storage and ice-making facility.
Pala said his aim was to make sure that the government system was working in the district and his government prioritised roads network, health services, educations and electricity.
“If there are no roads, no health services, electricity and better education system, economical activities will not be possible and the government is committed to have these services in place so that economical activities can take place,” he said.
Pala encouraged other nearby communities to follow the lead set by Hula fishermen.
Provincial administrator Raphael Yibmaramba said the provincial government would assist the association market their catches.