Friday, April 26, 2013

Aquaculture Training at KIFI:

Participants of the training with Mirtin Tjipute from Unam presenting 
José María Martínez Lago, Project Coordinator,CIAC Aquaculture Project 

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, through the Directorate of Aquaculture, is making concrete effort to improve the development of aquaculture. This is done through the provision of aquaculture facilities such as hatcheries and research stations directed at fingerling production and guided by industry-targeted research. 

Another intervention is the development of training courses in order to better equip the fish farmers as well as the personnel.   One such course is funded by the Spanish Cooperation for Development (AECID) and is managed by the Centro Tecnologico Del Mar (CETMAR) with the aim of assisting the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) in training local Namibian community members and other stakeholders in all sectors of freshwater aquaculture development. Currently 6 (2 private and 4 cooperative) and 6 technicians from the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources (Namibia) are receiving training on Aquaculture. The course' emphasis is hands-on practical experience.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Namibia (UNAM) has been approached to develop and deliver a practical training course to achieve the above mentioned objective. 

The development of this teaching guide is aimed at imparting Good Aquaculture Practices to the identified stakeholders who want to engage in aquaculture. Upon completion of the Certificate of Competency in Aquaculture it is expected that the trainees will acquire the appropriate skills and techniques in aquaculture as well as good management of aquaculture enterprises. This in turn is envisaged to result in high yield of aquaculture production and a good income... 
Practical training: Students fixing a pond
Students busy with pond seining

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