Successful accomplishment of the training program on intensive fry rearing for aquaculture in Central Africa-ACP Fish II.

Indemar, a company of the Incatema Group, accomplishes the development of several theoretical-practical training courses for the intensive production of catfish fries in Cameroon, Chad, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These courses have been financed by the EU ACP Fish II Program, training a total of 53 entrepreneurs, owners and workers of fish farms and civil servants of the aquaculture sector. Moreover, a handbook has been published to serve as technical guide for fish farmers of the region and to train future fish farmers.

Successful accomplishment of the training program on intensive fry rearing for aquaculture in Central Africa-ACP Fish II.

The catfish (Clarias gariepinus) is one of the most interesting species for African aquaculture, thanks to its broad geographical distribution, its ease of rearing and its good growth rate. Nevertheless, one of the obstacles hindering the increase of its production is the lack of quality fries.
 
Aware of this difficulty, the EU ACP Fish II Program has financed the development of training seminars for the intensive production of fries of Clarias in the cities of:  Yaoundé, N’jamena, Libreville and Kinshasa.
 
Indemar, the company of the group devoted to the fishing and aquaculture sector was awarded such contract, implemented during the months of July to September 2013. Firstly it recruited the trainers who drafted a theoretical handbook and who have given the course with the collaboration of local attendants providing their support to cover the logistic needs of the project. The theoretical training provided during the mornings was complemented by its practical implementation in the afternoons. The last day of each seminar was devoted to the visit by the attendants to an aquaculture installation producing Clarias fries.
 
Since its beginning, the program has seek the involvement of women in the aquaculture sector of each country, reaching a 30% rate of feminine participation in these courses, a success bearing in mind the majoritarian presence of men in the sector. Attendants to these seminaries were selected by the Focal Points of the Program, taking into consideration that the seminaries were addressed both to aquacultures and staff of aquaculture services and to people interested in joining this sector. 

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