Sierra Leone – The Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, School of Natural Resources Management at Njala University is training about 250 farmers drawn from across Sierra Leone on integrated fish farming.
The workshop which is being held at Towama, Njala University Bo Campus, started on 21st and will end on 23rd December 2015.
The CORAF\WECARD) project, which started in 2012 seeks to develop land use system through adaptive modern technologies and traditional experiences compatible with the cultural and social values of the people of Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Cameroon; improve socio economic conditions, reduce risks and poverty and create employment opportunities for myriads of rural dwellers in the three countries. This is to be achieved through the synergies that exist between the integration of fish with rice and piggery production in the three countries.
The head of Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, School of Natural Resources Management at Njala University said the training workshop was sponsored by CORAF\WECARD and Njala University with funds provided by the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) as one of the capacity enhancement components of the Sustainable Integrated Aquaculture and Agriculture projects of the university.
Dr. Olapade Olufemi Julius said the project has four components, which are: technologies for sustainable integration of aquaculture with rice and pig production developed and sustained; market access and quality of aquaculture products improved; institutional strengthening and integrated capacity building; and project coordination.
Some of the successes of the project include increase in the number of people willing to adopt the integrated innovation – more than seventy percent recorded in the three countries, low cost feeds have been developed using locally available ingredients alongside wastes generated by the projects, development of technique for mass production of African catfish and Nile tilapia perfected in the three countries, value added products using rice, fish, and pork are presently being researched by researchers in the three countries, about twenty demonstration platforms established and functional in the three countries etc.
“I hope this workshop would be able to educate our farmers and other beneficiaries more on the benefit of integrated aquaculture and agriculture synergies,” he said.