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Doctor, Dentist Join Fish Farmers in Special Training

A doctor and a dentist of La­basa Hospital are among participants of a one week training conducted by the Minis­try of Fisheries in Vanua Levu. The special training provides skills
25 Jan 2019 11:00
Doctor, Dentist Join Fish Farmers in Special Training
Ministry of Fisheries Permanent Secretary Craig Strong (fifth from the left-standing) with the staff of Labasa fisheries office on January 24, 2019. Photo:Shratika Naidu

A doctor and a dentist of La­basa Hospital are among participants of a one week training conducted by the Minis­try of Fisheries in Vanua Levu.

The special training provides skills and knowledge to 22 poten­tial and existing fish farmers of the Macuata province.

The doctor is the medical su­perintendent of Labasa Hospital, Doctor Jaoji Vulibeci while the dentist is Taniela Vosa. The two have recently started fish farm­ing at their residences.

This is an effort to help fish farmers in Macuata province sustain their food security and livelihood.

Next month the ministry will supply participants with baby fish called ‘GIFT (genetically in­dentified farmed Tilapia) Strain.

These fish multiplies in less time.

So the ministry provides them with baby fish for free and they only have to buy food for them and manage from there.

The ministry will even help them make a fish pond if they don’t have one.

The province in Vanua Levu is known for supplying the highest volume of fish to Viti Levu con­sumers.

Ministry of Fisheries technical officer aquaculture Anand Pras­ad said their minister encour­aged people to invest in aquacul­ture to overcome climate change, have own established food secu­rity then move to a commercial scale to serve the people of Fiji.

“Our minister wants fish farm­ers to be self sufficient even during seasonal ban and be in position to locally breed and sell fish,” Mr Prasad said.

“There is a huge population mi­gration from Vanua Levu to Viti Levu and many people on the other side want to eat fish.”

This will be the first project for Vanua Levu.

Mr Prasad said the ministry was doing so much because fish farm­ers had shown lot of interest.

One of the participants, Manoa Tuiwainikai, a mataqali member of Wainikai and Durubuabua Investment Limited, said he was delighted to be trained so that he could teach others in the com­pany.

“We have three fish ponds and two prawn ponds near Nagata area in Labasa,” Mr Tuwainikai said.

“We started this business two years ago.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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