World Bank Funded Aquaculture Training Begins

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The Government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), with funding from the World Bank, under the Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project, on Monday, June 24, 2024, began an eight-day Aquaculture Training in Margibi and Bong Counties.  The training will be followed by a one-day “Aquaculture Development Day” at Bella Cassa Hotel on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. The training is designed to develop aquaculture and enhance the technical capacity of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) technicians and extension officers. The training will be facilitated by Aquaculture Experts from AquaBioTech Group, based in Malta A press release from NaFAA said the eight-day Aquaculture training is gear toward improving Liberian aquaculture by training key personnel and stakeholders in the industry. It is also intended to ensure the dissemination of knowledge of core aquaculture components that will have a knock-on effect of improving aquaculture yields by refining the common practices. Participants at the training will be drawn from several aquaculture cooperatives including, the Bong County Aquaculture Cooperative, Nimba County Aquaculture Cooperative, and Lofa County Aquaculture Cooperative among other. Discussions at the training will among other things center around improvements in feed conservation ratio FCR, increased biosecurity, and hatchery management along with upgraded pond construction techniques, among others. Moreover, the eight days’ training will be followed by a one-day intensive “Aquaculture Development” workshop to engage stakeholders in aquaculture development through the sharing of best practices across Africa, information on the most recent developments in Liberia and elsewhere, connecting professionals with interests in the sector, and discussing cooperation opportunities. The one-day event under the theme, “Aquaculture Development Day” in Liberia, is jointly organized by the Government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority and AquaBioTech Group, a leading international aquaculture development firm from Malta. AquaBioTech Group is an international company with clients and projects globally in over fifty-five countries. It is undertaking a variety of aquaculture, fisheries, and aquatic environmental projects through its regional offices and selected partners worldwide. The vast majority of the company’s work is related to the marine or aquatic environment, encompassing aquaculture developments, market research/intelligence, project feasibility assessments, finance acquisition, project management, technology sourcing, and technical support and training.

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