Thursday, December 16, 2010

Africa special program of aquaculture

“The rationale for development lies in its potential to increase productivity of scarce fresh water resources, enhances food security and poverty alleviation, and reduces pressure on natural resources, particularly in the drought-prone countries of West Afria… Traditional marsh aquaculture systems exist in many West African countries and should be developed further, together with fish culture in irrigation schemes”.

The representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Senegal, Amadou Ouattara, has announced that a Special Programme for Aquaculture Development in Africa (SPADA) is about to be implemented. Speaking at the opening of a training workshop on rice and aquaculture in West Africa, the FAO representative, said that creating the program, which aims to improve growth economy on the continent in rural areas, responds to the member states request of the organisation.

Thus, the representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Dakar, Okubo Hisatoshi, said the Japanese agency cooperation has decided to develop a strategy for aquaculture development, specific to the Sub-Saharan countries, and expected to be finalised in March 2011. Read more...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.

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