56 trainees to graduate from 2-week aquaculture course
…course funded by China
Fifty-six trainees who are currently participating in the Overseas Training Course on Aquaculture were given a first-hand look at field operations, during a tour of the Sweet Water Aqua Farm at Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara (WBD).
The participants include persons from the Private Sector, Government, civil society and the security services.
The course, which began on November 28 and ends on December 11, saw the participants undergoing training in the care of freshwater fish, production systems, and feeding and harvesting.
According to Fisheries Officer Nakita Dookie, Wednesday’s visit afforded
participants the opportunity to handle the fish and identified them by gender.
“Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector within the international economy, FAO [Food and Agriculture Organisation] estimates that by 2050 fish harvested from aquaculture farms will make up more than 50 per cent of the market,” Dookie is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying. Aquaculture products are currently not exported; however, according to the Fisheries Officer, tremendous growth in this sector is expected. “Guyana has species that can be expanded upon … farmers are very enthusiastic about farming new species.”