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Fishermen still struggling; farmers reassured

KUWAIT: Fishermen pack up their gear at a Sharq harbor following a long day of work yesterday. —Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Despite the Cabinet’s decision to suspend closing Shamlan Harbor until an alternative is found for fishermen, they are still suffering after they were evicted from their accommodations close to the shore, Kuwait Fishermen Union Chairman Thaher Al-Sowayyan said during a meeting at the union’s headquarters yesterday. Sowayyan said promises to build a special village for fishermen had been made for the past 17 years without it seeing light so far. He also warned that such sufferings would jeopardize the availability of fresh fish in local markets if they continue any longer.

The Interior Ministry’s assistant undersecretary for citizenship and passports Maj Gen Mazen Al-Jarrah expressed readiness to build a special center to serve farmers at their union’s headquarters in Shuwaikh. He added that this would be done in appreciation for the great role they play in providing crops that sustain food security. Speaking to reporters after receiving Chairman of Kuwait Farmers Union Barrak Fahd Al-Sabeeh and the union’s treasurer Bader Al-Shoraian, Jarrah said the Interior Ministry had received a request from the union to build the center to help farmers process their transactions faster and easily.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi

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