Monday, October 31, 2016

SEMINAR ON AQUACULTURE AND TECHNICAL EXTENSION FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, JULY/AUGUST 2016. WUXI, CHINA.

Members of the Freshwater Fishery Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science with KIFI and Rundu Inland Fisheries staff members at KIFI

 Background

A team from the Freshwater Fishery Research Center  (FFRC) of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science located in Wuxi, China visited Namibia from 25 October to 28 November 2013 as part of their Programme on Technical Cooperation and Consultation of Aquaculture in Namibia. The team consisted out of Associate Prof. He Jie, Deputy Chief/Prof. He Yijin, Deputy Chief of Training, Jing Xiaojun and Project Officer of Training, Zhang Lin. Since then there has been very good cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science located in Wuxi and the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia. Read more about this innitial visit at:
 
A team from the Freshwater Fishery Research Center  (FFRC) of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science located in Wuxi, during their visit to KIFI  during November 2013
 


The Freshwater Fishery Research Center  (FFRC) of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science located in Wuxi, China once again organised a seminar for aquaculture training during July and August 2016. It  was attended by 51 delegates from 17 English speaking developing countries, specifically Myanmar (3), Cambodia (8), Papua New Guinea (3), Tonga (2), Panama (2), Uzbekistan (5), Palestine (2), Iran (1), Zanzibar (2), Zimbabwe (1), Sudan (2), Namibia (5), Ghana (5), Kenya (2), Mauritius (1), South Africa (2), Sierra Leone (4), Mexico (1). In order to share experiences and new better aquaculture practices. All travelling and accommodation expenses while in China where paid by the Ministry of Commerce of the Peoples Republic of China. The Namibian delegates are very grateful and appreciative for the opportunity provided.

The Namibian delegation consited out of 5 staffmembers from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries namely; Ms L. Shilombwelwa, Mr H. Mataya, Mr O. Ndikwetepo, Mr J. Ndeliimona, Mr P. Simasiku,

Planning/Logistics

The seminar was meticulously planned with most possible considerations in order to achieve the best possible outputs. From flight arrangements, airport assistance, accommodation, medical assistance, interpreters, assigned assistances including afterhours, tours to historical sites and cities, aquaculture field visits, seminar materials etc. this made our stay memorable, we enjoyed our stay in china and its peoples hospitality. We will not forget the beautiful scenery of both cities, country sides and including the first world infrastructure.

Context and objectives
The aim of the seminar was to bring together a diverse group of personnel in aquaculture to share experiences, ideas, achievements and further discuss challenges encountered and solutionadopted  and jointly  make  contributions  to aquaculture  and fisheries development in each country. The seminar covered subjects (issue) which are relevant for the development of aquaculture and fisheries in general in our respective developing countries with emphasis on advanced management concepts and development modes related to aquaculture practices and extension systems. Mainly sharing in the context of the experience of China which have achieved unparalleled production results over the years in the world.

  
Most lecturers where well experienced and had a good understanding of most of our countries challenges and could contextualise the issues for the benefits of most participants. It is our view that most participants where very satisfied with the manner in which the seminar was conducted. Considering the feedback which was provided at the end of the seminar. Its therefore our conclusion that the objective of the seminar was achieved. Most participants have gained better understanding and knowledge on the new better aquaculture practices. We will better apply our minds on day to day activities while doing our work. Specific topics covered entails:
Ø   Development strategy and policy of China‘s aquaculture

Ø   Aquaculture Extension Systems Construction and Management

Ø   Aqua feed research progress and industry Development

Ø   Development of Fishery cooperatives in China


Ø   Good aquaculture practices

Ø   Fishery Eco-environment conservation

Ø   Quality & Safety control of Aquatic products

Ø   Fishery Stocking Enhancement and Management

Ø   Community Based Aquaculture Development and Management

Conclusions

We are once again sincerely thankful to the people’s republic of china for the opportunity to participate in this seminar. Looking forward to a good mutual working relationship with the network of friends we have established while in China. What we have learned (experienced) shall be shared with everyone at our workplaces for the common benefit of both our people. The Namibian delegation have now become envoys of our long friendship between our countries. We once again concur with the African saying which was shared during the closing ceremony by the Director of liaison office of human resource development of academy for international business officials, ministry of commerce; Dr Xu Kai if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to far, go together….Xie Xie!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hardap Inland Fisheries & Aquaculture Science Forum 16-17 August 2016


Some of the participants who attended the forum at Hardap Dam Resort
The annual Science Forum for aquaculture and inland fisheries hosted by the Hardap Inland Aquaculture Center (HIAC) from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries (DoAIF) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) took place at Hardapdam Resort from 16 to 17 August 2016. Scientist and stakeholders in these fields presented the latest research. The forum was attended by MFMR's staff, Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), University of Namibia, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) and private fish farmers (2)
Honourable Chief Samuel Ankama, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources officialy opening the Hardap Science Forum
Mr. Denis Tweddle from the Namibia Nature Foundation gave the Key Note Address on behalf of Dr. Olaf Weyl from SAIAB. He also prepared and presented the wrap-up of the 2 day proceedings covering all the presentations

The forum was opened by Honourable Chief Ankama, Deputy Minister of the MFMR. The Key note address "Fish and Fisheries in Malawi"was delivered by Mr. Denis Tweddle of the NNF on behalf of Dr. Olaf Weyl from SAIAB. The presentation provided important lessons on inland fisheries management, highly relevant to Namibian inland fisheries. This was followed  by 34 presentations on different topics mostly presented by DoAIF (MFMR) from different Inland Aquaculture Centers in Namibia.
Participants attending the Science Forum

The award for the best presentation went to a KIFI labourer, Mr. Richard Thinyemba who presented "Prelimenary findings of the annual floodplain harvest, in the Kavango River" He presented data that was collected by the KIFI labourers and technical staff of KIFI. These staff members also reside in the local village of Kamutjonga. The presentation was prepared with assistance of KIFI research staff. 
Mr. Francois Jacobs Senior Fisheries Biologist from KIFI gave a very good visual presentation on Tigerfish

Mr. Richard Thinyemba from Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute receiving the award for the best presentation from  Mr. Rudi Cloete, Acting Director of the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries

The wrap-up presentation was given by Mr. Denis Tweddle. This presentation is available online at:

Photo's of the Science Forum are available at:

Participants relaxing the last evening of the forum

 A big thank you to the Hardap Inland aquaculture Center for hosting this very successful science forum...!!!


Hardap Inland Aquaculture Center near Mariental in the south of Namibia with the Hardap Dam in the background