Thursday, May 30, 2013

Video of African Pike Feeding at KIFI Aquaruim


African Pike (Hepsetus odoe)
The video of African Pike (Hepsetus odoe) feeding on livebait is available at
http://youtu.be/d9bw6oOgUFs

Aquaculture Production Statistics: North Eastern Regions


Production Figures Community Fish Farms

Karovo Fish Farm
Mpungu Fish Farm
2008
3 800 kg
57 000
3 466 kg
52 000
2009
2 000 kg
30 000
2 466 kg
37 000
2010
1 750 kg
26 250
3 000 kg
45 000
2011
1 866 kg
28 000
2 000 kg
30 000
2012
1 100 kg
16 500
1 333 kg
20 000







No of fingerlings distributed to farms
2008
10 000
2009
12000
2010
13 000
2011
30 700
2012
77 000



Figures represent:
Mpungu: 2008 -to 2012
Karovo: 2011 to 2012
Otjozondjupa: 2008 to 2012
Note: Figures for Karovo Fish Farm, are only included from 2011 till 2012. Information prior to that will be available from Mr. Mataya or Mwanamwali.

Compiled by: Mr. Gosbert Hamutenya and Harold Khaebeb


Tilapia and catfish production at KIFI.

Year
Tilapia’s breeders collected and cultured at KIFI
Tilapia’s fingerlings biomass  produced at KIFI
Catfish’s fingerlings  produced
2011
- Collect 500 tilapia brooders: O. Andersonii and T. rendalii
- 50000 fingerlings: 25g-50g in size
- 100000 fries
- 3600 fingerlings sex reversal in size 40 g/Ind.
- 100 catfish brooders.

 2012
- 845 T. rendalii brooders
- 360 T. macrochus brooders
- 470 O. andersonii brooders
 - 300 three spot (O. andersonii)  broodstocks  were transported to Onavivi  IAC
 A total of 500000 tilapia fingerlings of 0.1 g to 50 g/ Ind. were produced and transported to Grooteinfonten FF, Mpungu, Karovo fish farm.

-  8 times’ spawning we obtained 8.481 million eggs with fertilization rate of 64.25%; 
1050000 million fries were harvested at low average survival rate: 22.36%.
Jun 2013
+ 633 broodstocks O. andersoni  in size 450 g/1 Ind. at K2
+ 149 broodstocks Green Head in size 490 g/1 Ind. at K5
+ 254 broodstocks T. rendalli in size 300 g/Ind. at K6.

- 4650 fingerling sex reversal tilapia in size 0.5 g/Ind. was produced at KIFI,
- 350,000 tilapia fingerlings in size 0.5 g – 50 g was produced 
- 2.1 million eggs of catfish was produced. Total 258977 Fries were harvested with survival rate average 25.37%.
- 3000 catfish’s fingerlings in size 7-10 g/Ind. was transported to Karovo FF

KIFI figures submitted by: Mr. Ngo Sy Van (Vietnamese Expert)

KIFI WEEKLY REPORT: 27-31 MAY 2013


NO
ACTIVITIES
1
Compilation of performance management agreements
2
Meeting with Police at KIFI
3
21600  Fingerlings  collected and distributed to Mpungu Fish Farm
4
Collection of fingerlings from earthen ponds to Brood stock building
5
Installation of service water pump
6
Repair of river pump and Replacement of electrical fuse at the river transformer
7.
Karovo Fish Farm extension work, pond draining, maintenance and horticulture
8
Mr. Burger introduced to Councilor K.K. Muriki of Mukwe Constituency at Divundu


Challenges

1.      River water pump still broken leading to little raw water supply.
2.      +/- 30 000 fingerlings died from fungal infection (cause maybe lack of enough fresh water and environmental factors). This led to the cancellation of the delivery of fingerlings to Grootfontein farms/communities
3.      Procurement of chemicals to improve fish health. 




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

GENETIC MAPPING OF NAMIBIAN ANIMAL SPECIES HOLDS PROMISE

Dagmar Honsbein, General Manager: Agra Professional
Services Division (middle) with Dr Gladys Kahaka and Dr Erold Naomab,
showing the GeneChip®

On Friday, on 24 May 2013, Agra Professional Services Division hosted an interactive breakfast session to discuss and investigate the potential of genetic mapping of Namibian animal species. The session was well attended by representatives from various sectors, ranging from the Agronomic Board of Namibia to Standard Bank. The event was held at the Agra Ring at the Windhoek Show grounds.

Under the theme; “The Value of genetic mapping of Namibian species,” the guest speaker, Dr Erold Naomab gave an thorough insight into the principles of genetics, gene mapping (using the Affymetrix GeneChip®), the value of mapping the genome of a species and the possibilities that arise from that, i.e. the theoretical possibilities of manipulating the genome of an animal to achieve higher production yields and, with that, economic advantages.

The value of gene mapping in the protection of our national (Namibian) heritage and Intellectual Property has been heavily underlined during Dr Naomab’s presentation and the ensuing discussion. Furthermore, through mapping – the genome of a species will know which gene would be responsible for which trait in a species; one could enhance the breeding selection process and make it more efficient. Dr Naomab also presented the genetic mapping of Namibian livestock species (e.g. using sheep or cattle species) which has been made possible through Affymetrix GeneChip® technology locally. In explaining these chips to the audience, he said; “every chip holds the entire genomic code of a species. The genomic code of Namibian sheep is so vast that it could, if written out, cover about 100 000 A4 pages with pure code. The chip is 1.7cm2 and can store more than 5 GB, or 3 million pieces of biochemical test information about a species.”

Agra’s Professional Services Division, as part of their research efforts in the Swakara industry, has looked into the opportunities that GeneChip® technology offers. The GM of Agra Professional Services Division, Mrs Dagmar Honsbein, had to say this: “the genetic mapping of Swakara, indigenous (optimally to be endemic) to Namibia would be the first step in a process to register the species as uniquely Namibian. We need to prove however, that Swakara has genetically evolved extensively over more than 100 years; away from the original species Karakul making it a de facto different sheep species altogether.” She continued by saying, “this will allow us to protect them from being claimed by other countries as their own, as has happened with the Boran cattle breed and Acacia plant species that have been officially declared indigenous to Australia. Also, by claiming commercially/economically valuable species as uniquely Namibian one creates a possible niche product (‘Proudly Namibian’) with a higher trading value and thus income for the producers.”

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Namibia has the capacity to genetically map species, with the aim to understand the genetic sequences of the species that have adapted to the Namibian environment and to explore which gene is responsible for the expression of which trait. The next step in the research being conducted at UNAM is to identify those genes that express traits that are of economic advantage and to possibly find a way to enhance or select for these traits. In theory it should be possible, through genetic engineering, to splice out a gene that diminishes the production potential of a species or to enhance the expression of or even insert a gene that is of productive advantage. To date, genetic modification is not allowed under Namibia jurisdiction; therefore no further discussions to this end took place.

Dr. Naomab was accompanied by his colleague, Dr Gladys Kahaka, who will be taking over as Head of Department (HOD) of Biochemistry and Chemistry from Dr Naomab at the University of Namibia, Windhoek. Dr Naomab is now in charge of setting up the UNAM Southern Campus.

This Interactive Breakfast session served the purpose of informing representatives and stakeholders about the principles of genetics and gene mapping and the value it holds with regard to mapping the genome of commercially/economically valuable species, with the aim of registering these valuable species (nationally and internationally) as uniquely Namibian.

The Agra Professional Services Division offers Interactive Breakfast Sessions every 2-3 months to facilitate networking and brainstorming on current affairs and among individuals from various sectors in the government and private industry on topics regarding the agricultural industry in the broadest sense. These Interactive Breakfast Sessions are open for invited guests only, but members of the public are welcome to declare their interest to participate at such events.

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AGRA established its Professional Services Division (PSD) in 2009 with the main objective of providing a structured framework for rendering various specialised services to the Namibian agricultural sector. To learn more about Agra Professional Services Division contact Marieta Grobler @ 061 290 9208 or email to advice@agra.com.na .

Issued By:                                Albé Snyman
                                                            Officer: Communications
                                                            Agra (Co-operative) Limited
                                                            Tel:      (061) 290 9273
                                                            Fax:     (061) 290 9250
                                                            Email: albes@agra.com.na

                                                www.agra.com.na

Friday, May 24, 2013

Crokango Fishing Competition Final Results


One of the Tiger Fish caught during the competition

COMPETITION ANGLING REPORT FOR 2013 

The Crockango Angling Bonanza took place from the 1st to the 4th of May 2012. 
A total of 64 boats took part consisting of 165 anglers. 
Following are statistics on all three days of fishing per major competing species: 

SQUEEKER 

Day 1: 
QUANTITY       DEAD FISH 
76                         0 

Day 2: 
QUANTITY       DEAD FISH 
88                         0

Day 3: 
QUANTITY       DEAD FISH 
22                         0

Day 4: 
QUANTITY      DEAD FISH 
6                          0 

BREAM 

Day 1: 
KG           QUANTITY      DEAD FISH 
185.12kg      122                     0

Day 2: 
KG           QUANTITY      DEAD FISH 

89.52kg         60                       0 

Day 3: 
KG          QUANTITY     DEAD FISH 
87.00kg        55                      0 

Day 4: 
KG           QUANTITY     DEAD FISH 
25.93kg          16                     0 

Total for all 4 days: 
KG           QUANTITY     DEAD FISH 
387.57kg       237                    0 

TIGER FISH: 

Day 1: 
KG           QUANTITY      DEAD FISH 
119.32kg       36                       5 

Day 2: 
KG           QUANTITY      DEAD FISH 
54.16kg         18                       2 

Day 3: 
KG           QUANTITY       DEAD FISH 
83.02kg         24                        1 

Day 4: 
KG         QUANTITY         DEAD FISH 
33.14kg       8                           1 

Total for all 4 days: 
KG            QUANTITY        DEAD FISH 

289.65kg         78                        9 

BARBEL: 

Day 1: 
KG           QUANTITY        DEAD FISH 
235.20kg       45                         0 

Day 2: 
KG           QUANTITY       DEAD FISH 
348.20kg       68                        0 

Day 3: 
KG          QUANTITY       DEAD FISH 
265.20kg      45                        0 

Day 4: 
KG          QUANTITY       DEAD FISH 
170.60kg      29                        0 

Total for all 4 days: 
KG           QUANTITY     DEAD FISH 
1019.20kg     158                   0 

Overall 3 biggest fish per species: 
Bream: 
1. Nembwe of 2.181kg caught by Andrew Benningfield. Fish was caught on day 3 of the competition. 
2. Nembwe of 2.168kg caught by Jurgen Geiger. Fish was caught on day 4 of the competition. 
3. Nembwe of 2.143kg caught by Ernest Atkinson Junior. Fish was caught on day 3 of the competition. 

Tiger Fish: 
1. Tiger Fish of 5.993kg caught by Pieter Schalk Grobbelaar. Fish was caught on day 2 of the competition. 
2. Tiger Fish of 5.840kg caught by Bertus De Jager. Fish was caught on day 3 of the competition. 
3. Tiger Fish of 5.612kg caught by Duppie Du Plessis. Fish was caught on day 1 of the competition. 

Barbel: 
1. Catfish of 11.8kg caught by Ian Thompson. Fish was caught on day 1 of the competition. 
2. Catfish of 11.6kg caught by Jaco Visser. Fish was caught on day 3 of the competition. 



3. Catfish of 11.2kg caught by Tony Middleton. Fish was caught on day 3 of the competition. 

Following are full details of weight and lengths of fish: 

Tiger fish with a length of less than 650mm were measured on a tiger chart and video recorded to release the 
fish immediately. The chart has different zones marked on it at different lengths, thus classifying the estimated 
kilograms to the length of the fish. Tiger fish longer than 650mm come in to the weigh station for accurate 
length and weight as these fish are already competing for the main prizes. 

500mm to 550mm is a 2kg zone 
550mm to 575mm is a 2.5kg zone 
575mm to 600mm is a 3kg zone 
600mm to 625mm is a 3.5kg zone 
625mm to 650mm is a 4 kg zone 

Prize Giving as from 35th Place: 

The 3 boats, each valued at N$125000.00 for the biggest individual Species. 

35TH NAMIBIA BREWERIES 
34TH WISTA CONSTUCTION 
33RD BUSHWHACKERS 
32ND TREN TYRE RUNDU 
31ST VDP 2 
30TH FIREFLY 
29TH FISH HUNTERS 
28TH VISLUS 
27TH DRAGONFLYS 
26TH 3 PIKKIWYNE 
25TH COMMERCIAL MARINE 
24TH TEAM GREENSPORT 
23RD HAWK EYE SAFARIS 
22ND TEAM ANIB LODGE 
21ST TEAM GUMA 
20TH REDFIN 
19TH TEAM OUTBACK 
18TH DARE DEVIL ADVENTURES 
17TH VX70 
16TH OPTIC EXCLUSIVE 
15TH CAMP CWANDO 
14TH TEAM DRIFTERS 
13TH HI RANGE 
12TH ALIBOATS 
11TH SPECIAL NEEDS 

10TH  SCORE 20.074     SMOKING BARRELS 
9TH    SCORE 20.615     MODDER BOKKE 
8TH    SCORE 21.004     KAVANGO KRAFT 
7TH    SCORE 21.109     WALK ABOUT  
6TH    SCORE 21.225     WOELWATERS 
5TH    SCORE 21.498     WA-2-GT 
4TH    SCORE 21.82       TEAM MERCURY 
3RD    SCORE 22.399     MOZIMUNCHERS 
2ND    SCORE 23.745     ONGOMBE 

WINNER  SCORE:  24.05  AFRICAN ANGLERS 

Tilapia Fingerlings collected for Grootfontein farms/communities

KIFI staff members (and Vietnamese experts) busy with the collection of fingerlings for distribution to Grootfontein farms/community
The collection of about 40 000 Three-spot Tilapia  fingerlings for distribution to Grootfontein farms took place on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. The first consignment of  fingerlings for Dolphin and Berg Aukas will be collected on Saturday and delivered to the community on Sunday 27 May 2013.

Fingerlings kept in the brooding house ready for transport
                            Click on the image for better view
Programme for the distribution of fingerlings to farms/communities in the Grootfontein area 

Aquaculture Training at KIFI: Students hard at work

Mr. J Esterhuizen (with his back to the camera), lecturer from Unam conducting a laboratory experiment with the students
The aquaculture training programme at Kamutjong Inland Fisheries Institute is in full swing with Mr. J. Esterhuizen from Unam  currenly leading the programme. Students also assisted with the collection of fingerlings for farms in the Grootfontein area and the relocation of the Tilapia (Oreochromis andersonii) brooding stock on Wednesday, 22 May 2015
One of the Three-spot Tilapia (brood stock) during the relocation process

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Strategic Planning Stakeholders workshop: Walvis Bay, 16-17 May 2013

Venue: Walvis Bay Municipal Hall

The Stakeholder workshop was chaired by Dr. Moses Maurihungirire (Directorate Aquaculture). Honourable Chief Ankama, Deputy Minister and Honourable B. Esau, Minister welcomed the fisheries stakeholders and distinguished guest to the workshop.


Honourable Minister, B Esau addressing the fisheries stakeholders
Honourable Deputy Minister, Ankama addressing the fisheries stakeholders
Presentations were made by the MFMR (Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources), OPM (Office of the Prime Minister) and the NPC (National Planning Commission) regarding the strategic planning process, the MFMR Strategic Plan (SP) and its relevance in the development agenda regarding NDP4 and the achievement of the goals of Vision 2030. Stakeholders were given an opportunity to give their inputs on the MFMR's SP.
Master of Ceremony/Chairperson, Dr. Moses Maurihungirire, Director Aquaculture

Audience: MFMR staff with fisheries stakeholders
Mrs.Bronwen Currie from the Division, "Mariculture" responding to a questions from stakeholders
Glodean Limbo from OPM busy with their presentation
For more information on the presentations contact:

Mr. R Burger at: aquaculturenam@gmail.com

MFMR Strategic Planning Workshop: Swakopmund 13-17 May 2013

MFMR complex in Swakopmund
Video available at: http://youtu.be/5bcQO-WU6BI

More photo's available at: https://plus.google.com/photos/101393941619889298539/albums/5878112300867000321/5878112694560758706?authkey=CMW_yM_02ZTeMQ

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) finalized its Strategic Plan and Annual Plans for different directorates at The MFMR office in Swakopmund from 13-16 May 2013. Staff members were graced with the presence of the Honourable Minister, B. Esau and Honourable Deputy Minister, Chief Ankama who actively participated in the process with great appreciation from staff members.




Honourable B Esua officially opening the workshop
  


Directorates presented their respective Annual Plans(AP) based on the Strategic Plan during the first two days and then developed their Performance Agreements (PA) based on the AP's.

The workshop was officially closed by Hon. Ankama, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources. 

MFMR's staff members who attended the workshop
The PS, Mrs U. Hivelua in discussion with  staff members

The Directorate Aquaculture busy with their planning
Hon. Deputy Minister, Chief Ankama officially closing the workshop