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10 At Fisheries Training

A fisheries extension course aimed at assisting fisheries sector development in island countries was opened in Suva yesterday. The one-month long training was attended by representatives of 10 island countries
08 Oct 2014 23:46
10 At Fisheries Training
Nemani Biu (right) with his wife Luisiana Vucatu during the 2020 Basic Recruits Course certificate presentation and passing out parade at Subrail Park in Labasa on July 22, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu

A fisheries extension course aimed at assisting fisheries sector development in island countries was opened in Suva yesterday.

The one-month long training was attended by representatives of 10 island countries from the Pacific and the Carribean.

The first phase of the training was held in Okinawa, Japan and the second phase is being hosted in the country till the end of the month.

Fiji Representative, Product Development Officer of the Department of Fisheries, Visal Nand said the first phase of the course had been very informative.

“We learnt a lot of new things especially new techniques of fishing and product development of smoked fish,” Mr Nand said.

He said the second phase of the course here in Fiji would be a practical training of what they had learnt in Okinawa.

“It would be interesting we would be visiting some of JICA’s fisheries project sites in some of the local villages. It would be very interesting,” Mr Nand said.

He said after the course they were expected to draw up an action plan funded by JICA to be implemented in the department they work in.

Hiliana Silva, 30, a representative of Cabo Verde Island from West Africa said she was thankful she was able to learn new things that she couldn’t learn in her country.

“We learnt things from fishing extension, fishing processes and methods, an interesting course that was not offered in my country,” Ms Silva said.

Meanwhile, JICA’s Fiji Deputy Resident Representative, Ichiro Mimura who officially opened the training said the course was conducted under a technical cooperation scheme of the Government of Japan with the purpose of promoting human resource development in developing countries.

“By the end of the course, participants will have acquired the necessary fisheries techniques, knowledge, survey and extension methods required to create a feasible action plan to assist the fisheries sector development in their respective countries,” Mr Mimura said.

He said the training course that first commenced in 2012 for a period of 3 years and will end this year.

The training was organised by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with the Okinawa Environment Club of Japan.

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