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Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko has come out explaining why the fee of K50 per day has been imposed on fish sellers.
You may recall we published an article about the imposition of this fee and you can read it here.
Here’s the unedited explanation by the member of Moresby South:
The Koki Fish Market is one of the best Markets in Port Moresby. And the reason why it is the best is because it’s a Safe, Clean and well Maintain Market.
And to keep it to this level that is expected by the Public and the Vendors we need sufficient funds to operate and maintain it on a daily basis.
NCDC assists us to maintain the Markets in Moresby South.
But has also instructed us that we must work towards being as self sufficient as possible, so to assist NCDC in the funding of the day to day operations of the Markets.
The Koki Fish Market supplies to our Vendors a clean, safe and well maintained facility.
What the Vendors get for the Fee that they are charged is a generous concrete bench space to sell their fish, free electricity, water, security, toilet and shower facilities and a safe, healthy and productive environment.
Also providing fish cleaning services for the public which help employ our local youth.
This attracts people from all over Port Moresby to come and buy the vendors fresh fish.
The fees collected from the vendors go back into maintaining the Market and it Facilities for the benefit of the Vendors and the Public.
I want to make it very clear the Market Management is not depriving the Fish Vendors at all.
As all Vendors have been consulted on the fee structure.
A Fish Vendor with a esky full of fish would make between K500 to over K1000 a day selling their fish at the market.
A fish vendor could make over K5000 a week
A Fish Vendor sells their fish between K15 to K200 per fish depending on what type of fish it is.
So our fee charge is minimal to the revenue that the fish vendors are making and the facilities and services that we are provided to them.
We will continue to partner and work with the fish vendors ensuring that the services we provide will be of the highest standards as possible.