Monday, October 31, 2016


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. Since then there has been very good cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science located in Wuxi and the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia. Read more about this innitial visit at:
A team from the Freshwater Fishery Research Center  (FFRC) of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science located in Wuxi, during their visit to KIFI  during November 2013

The Freshwater Fishery Research Center  (FFRC) of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science located in Wuxi, China once again organised a seminar for aquaculture training during July and August 2016. It  was attended by 51 delegates from 17 English speaking developing countries, specifically Myanmar (3), Cambodia (8), Papua New Guinea (3), Tonga (2), Panama (2), Uzbekistan (5), Palestine (2), Iran (1), Zanzibar (2), Zimbabwe (1), Sudan (2), Namibia (5), Ghana (5), Kenya (2), Mauritius (1), South Africa (2), Sierra Leone (4), Mexico (1). In order to share experiences and new better aquaculture practices. All travelling and accommodation expenses while in China where paid by the Ministry of Commerce of the Peoples Republic of China. The Namibian delegates are very grateful and appreciative for the opportunity provided.

The Namibian delegation consited out of 5 staffmembers from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries namely; Ms L. Shilombwelwa, Mr H. Mataya, Mr O. Ndikwetepo, Mr J. Ndeliimona, Mr P. Simasiku,


The seminar was meticulously planned with most possible considerations in order to achieve the best possible outputs. From flight arrangements, airport assistance, accommodation, medical assistance, interpreters, assigned assistances including afterhours, tours to historical sites and cities, aquaculture field visits, seminar materials etc. this made our stay memorable, we enjoyed our stay in china and its peoples hospitality. We will not forget the beautiful scenery of both cities, country sides and including the first world infrastructure.

Context and objectives
The aim of the seminar was to bring together a diverse group of personnel in aquaculture to share experiences, ideas, achievements and further discuss challenges encountered and solutionadopted  and jointly  make  contributions  to aquaculture  and fisheries development in each country. The seminar covered subjects (issue) which are relevant for the development of aquaculture and fisheries in general in our respective developing countries with emphasis on advanced management concepts and development modes related to aquaculture practices and extension systems. Mainly sharing in the context of the experience of China which have achieved unparalleled production results over the years in the world.

Most lecturers where well experienced and had a good understanding of most of our countries challenges and could contextualise the issues for the benefits of most participants. It is our view that most participants where very satisfied with the manner in which the seminar was conducted. Considering the feedback which was provided at the end of the seminar. Its therefore our conclusion that the objective of the seminar was achieved. Most participants have gained better understanding and knowledge on the new better aquaculture practices. We will better apply our minds on day to day activities while doing our work. Specific topics covered entails:
Ø   Development strategy and policy of China‘s aquaculture

Ø   Aquaculture Extension Systems Construction and Management

Ø   Aqua feed research progress and industry Development

Ø   Development of Fishery cooperatives in China

Ø   Good aquaculture practices

Ø   Fishery Eco-environment conservation

Ø   Quality & Safety control of Aquatic products

Ø   Fishery Stocking Enhancement and Management

Ø   Community Based Aquaculture Development and Management


We are once again sincerely thankful to the people’s republic of china for the opportunity to participate in this seminar. Looking forward to a good mutual working relationship with the network of friends we have established while in China. What we have learned (experienced) shall be shared with everyone at our workplaces for the common benefit of both our people. The Namibian delegation have now become envoys of our long friendship between our countries. We once again concur with the African saying which was shared during the closing ceremony by the Director of liaison office of human resource development of academy for international business officials, ministry of commerce; Dr Xu Kai if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to far, go together….Xie Xie!