President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday afternoon inaugurated a 25-tonne ice plant developed on Gaafaru Island in the Kaafu Atoll. He is on Gaafaru Island to take part in activities to mark the 41st National Fishermen’s Day. Vice President Faisal Naseem is accompanying the President on the visit.
The Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture commissioned the MVR 3.5 million project to build the ice plant, accompanied by a 50-tonne cold storage, to the Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO). With the new iceplant, the Maldives now has the capacity to produce 1,800 tonnes of ice per day.
The current government added 100 tonnes to daily ice production capacity over the past three years. In addition to Gaafaru, new ice plants were opened on Friday in R. Maduvvary, Ha. Hoarafushi and Felivaru. This increases the daily output to 225 tonnes. The government hopes to further increase daily output to 275 tonnes, and announced that efforts are underway to establish an iceplant in F. Feeali.