Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chinese Acadamy of Fishery Science: Namibia Aquaculture Technical Corporation and Consultation 25 Oct- 28 November 2013

Members of the Freshwater Fishery Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science with KIFI and Rundu Inland Fisheries staff members at KIFI
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.
Training and demonstaration session at KIFI in progress

The FFRC team visited all the Inland Aquaculture Centers (IAC's) in Namibia as well as fish farmers in Oshana and Ohangwena regions. They met Inland Aquaculture staff  at Ongwediva, Onavivi, Mpungu Fish Farm, Rundu, KIFI and Hardap. They also met with small scale fish farmers in the Hardap region at Bernafay and Voighsgrund.   In the Karas Region they met the Fonteintjie Community Fish Farm (Keetmanshoop) and visited the Naute dam.
Visit to the KIFI Brooding facility

Inland aquaculture staff was trained including hands on practical sessions at Onavivi, KIFI and Hardap Inland Aquaculture Centers (IAC's) on various aquaculture topics including extension, Tilapia farming, Catfish farming, health management and fishery cooperative organization. They also discussed possible ways of future cooperation with staff from the different IAC's centers. Water quality testing kits were also donated to IAC's.
Visit to the earth ponds at KIFI
Their trip was concluded in Windhoek on the 26th of November at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) in Windhoek with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in Aquaculture between the FFRC of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science and the Permanent Secretary of the MFMR.
Mr. Mataya and Sitengu find it difficult to say good buy to the only lady in the Wuxi group, Mrs. Zhang Lin

Wildlife interaction in the wilderness at KIFI. This massive and dangerous 2m Mozambique Spitting Cobra also came out to meet the Chinese Wuxi  group at the Race-way building during their visit.

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