Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Certificate Ceremony KIFI: Practical Training Course in Freshwater Aquaculture: 19 November 2013

Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute
 
Honorable Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources (MFMR), Dr. C.S. Ankama and Her Excellency, the Ambassador  of Spain to Namibia, Mrs Cameron Diez with students, lecturers and Mr. Burger, Deputy Director of KIFI


The closing ceremony of the Practical Training Course aimed at Improving Technical Competency in Freshwater Aquaculture in Namibia took place at Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI)on the 19th of November 2013.
Her Excellency, the Ambassador  of Spain to Namibia, Mrs Cameron Diez.

The ceremony was attended by the Honorable Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources (MFMR), Dr. C.S. Ankama and Her Excellency, the Ambassador  of Spain to Namibia, Mrs Cameron Diez. The ambassador of Spain attended the meeting on behalf of the Spanish agency for International  Development Cooperation (AECID). 

This was the first "pilot" course for fish farmers and aquaculture staff of the MFMR in Namibia. It is a joint project between the MFMR, University of Namibia  and the Spanish government. The course was attended by 12 students with 4 lecturer  teaching theoretical and practical modules in aquaculture farming related subjects.  Students also participated in field attachments at 6  aquaculture farms in Namibia. The training started during April 2013.

The Deputy Director for Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries at KIFI, Mr. Renier Burger opened the ceremony. The ambassador of Spain, Mrs Carmen Diez encouraged this joint effort by the MFMR, University of Namibia and the Spanish Foundation (CETMAR) to continue with this initiative  next year and in future. She also highlighted that in the framework of this project, the Spanish Cooperation is also finalizing the construction of a new aquaculture hatchery in Katima Mulilo together with the MFMR. This new centre will contribute to food security by training farmers and enhancing fish production.

Honorable Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources (MFMR), Dr. C.S. Ankama in the the keynote address highlighted the importance of knowledge gained by these students to actively contribute towards job creation, food security and improved nutrition as self employed individuals in the field of fresh water fish farming. Thus contributing towards the challenges of Namibia's 4th National Development Plan and Vision 2030. He encouraged the students to become entrepreneurs in their field in order to challenge the success of  Namibia's world class marine captured  fisheries industry.  

Honorable Deputy Minister , Dr. C.S. Ankama then handed the certificates of attendance to the 12 students.
Honorable Deputy Minister, Dr. C.S. Ankamahanding over certificates of attendance for the Practical Training Course aimed at Improving Technical Competency in Freshwater Aquaculture in Namibia

1 comment:

Titus Iipinge Iita said...

Congratulations colleagues! Great achievements is good move in the right direction. Now hard work!!!