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Aquaculture Training To Assist In Empowering: Balemaiwai

Aquaculture Training To Assist In Empowering: Balemaiwai
Participants and course facilitators after the six-day workshop at the Forestry Training Centre in Colo-i-Suva.
May 17
11:00 2017

Ten farmers from the Central Division were trained on how to sustain their livelihood through aquaculture in farming tilapia and prawns.

The six-day workshop which was conducted at the Forestry Training Centre in Colo-i-Suva gave them the opportunity to learn more about aquaculture and how to run it as a business.

In closing the workshop yesterday, principal administrator Naitasiri, Koroka Balemaiwai, told the participants that there was an abundance of resources, but very little or poor planning and management of them.

“Strengthening livelihoods is the key word and Government is trying it’s best to assist farmers by empowering them and helping them earn their living as well,” said Mr Balemaiwai.

“I am grateful that the Ministry of Fisheries has engaged you for the past few days in learning more about aquaculture as a source of income.”

Mr Balemaiwai encouraged the participants to knock on doors to gain assistance so that they were able to fulfil all the requirements needed in order to run a successful business from aquaculture.

“Government is always here to assist you but you need to take the first step and make a commitment towards starting your own business,” said Mr Balemaiwai.

Fifty-one-year-old Mosese Moceyawa from Nakavu Village in Namosi said the training had really boosted his knowledge and understanding of aquaculture.

“I have three ponds of tilapia in the village and I sell them for $9 per kilogramme and it has been a success so far,” said Mr Moceyawa.

“I intend to increase the number of ponds and also venture into prawn farming as it is also a lucrative business.”

Participants at the workshop were also handed their certificates on financial literature which was also part of their training.

Members of the public who want to learn more on aquaculture as a source of livelihood and food security can contact their nearest fisheries station for further advice and information.

 

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