Monday, September 30, 2013

Implementation Of Sex Reversal Technique & Selective Breeding Projects, Prof Rana: 14-29 September 2013

Prof. Rana, FAO Consultant busy training KIFI and Hardap IAC staff on the application of hormonal sex reversal techniques at KIFI
FAO consultant, Professor Rana, visited (16+17 September) the Hardap Inland Aquaculture Center (HIAC), Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI) and Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Center (Onavivi IAC) on his second FAO mission to provide technical guidance for the implementation of sex reversal technique and selective breeding projects from 14-29 September 2013. He visited KIFI from 19-22 September where he trained 10 KIFI staffmembers on sex reversal techniques.

The  training sessions at KFI had the overall purpose to:

  • brief staff on tools available for all male production
  • understanding the challenges for all male seed production by chosen method
  • apply these observations to MFMR facilities and practices
  • apply minds to sex reversal programme

The following topics was presented during the training session at KIFI

  1. All male seed production
  2. Understanding sex-reversal technology 
  3. Reproductive behaviour wrt seed production
  4. Considerations for broodstock management
  5. Ontogeny of early development
  6. Incubation systems
  7. Feedback on knowledge gained-group discussion and exercise
Prof. Rana also inspected the size and weight of the broodstock (three-spot tilapia) at KIFI collected in the Kavango river for the Selective Breeding Programme that will commence later this year. KIFI staff treated Prof. Rana to a delightful fish braai at the KIFI lapa, Saturday evening.

Prof. Rana visited Onavivi/Omahenene Inland Aquaculture Center from 24-25 September 2013 where he evaluated issues pertaining to the Selective Breeding Programme in terms of  procurement and broodstock. He also discussed best solutions for establishing an incubation system for the Selective Breeding Programme and tagging trails to identify fish. He also evaluated progress on tasks at hand for the selection programme and then developed a "way forward".

Prof. Rana returned to South Africa on Sunday, 29 September after a meeting with the FAO office in Windhoek on Friday, 27 September 2013

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