|The Research Institute for Aquaculture close to Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Marine brood stock centre at Cat Ba|
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Vietnam is a water rich narrow country of more than 300 000 square km stretching over 2000 km from the sub-tropical north to the tropical south with a population of just over 90 million people. In the north it shares a border with China and to the west with Laos and Cambodia. The country is blessed with an average precipitation of over 2000 mm of rain per year. Water can be found everywhere. Rice production and fish farming is a culture in Vietnam. The country has one million hectares under aquaculture and produce more than 5 million tons of fish per annum of which about 2 million ton (mostly catfish) is exported. Vietnam is the 4th biggest aquaculture producer in the world with more than 3 million people permanently involved with aquaculture. The production potential for catfish on one hectare is 300-600 tons per annum. The tropical south of Vietnam is suitable for grow-out throughout the year with optimum water temperatures. The north of Vietnam has a colder winter and therefore shorter growing period for fish.
15 Staff members from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries (DoAIF) in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) were so very fortunate to be supported by the Africa Development Bank to participate in a comprehensive aquaculture training course at the Research Institute for Aquaculture No1 (RIA No1) in the Buchning Province of Vietnam close to the capital Hanoi.
|Paradise Hotel in Tu Son, accommodated both groups during their stay|
The participants were divided into two groups. Group 1 (8 staff members) headed by Dr. Moses Maurihungirire (Director: DoAIF) with 8 participants attended the first leg of the one month training course from May to June 2015. Group 2 (7 staff members) headed by Mr. RD Burger (Deputy Director: DoAIF Northern Division) attended the 2nd leg of the course from 19 June to 20 July 2015.
The Training Programme covered several topics on feed formulation and reproduction of tilapia and catfish followed by practical field work sessions. The training material can be downloaded at:
The way forward for Aquaculture in Namibia from this training course:
- Land for aquaculture production close to permanent water bodies needed for investors
- Private investment in terms of feed production
- Genetic potential of brood stock need to improve in order to produce certified seed
- Replacement of tilapia brood stock at least every 3 years
- Improved feed quality, feed conversion and growth through extrusion of feed
- Use of all male tilapia fingerlings for grow-out (approval needed to use male hormone)
- Induced breeding of catfish to improve
- Management programmes for fish farms need to be implemented
- Water quality and fish health monitoring to be a priority
- Aquatic Biosecurity Strategy and compliance mechanism to be developed for Namibia
|Namibian participants of group 2 with the RAI 1 Director and lecturers|
|Mr. Mai Van Thai and his wife, Queen taking special care of the MFMR staff|