Fishing skills

16 extension workers gain improved skills in rice-fish technology

About 16 agricultural extension officers from five counties, including Bong, Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh and Gbarpolu counties, recently benefited from a two-day training workshop on capacity building of trainers on improved technology of fish farming rice.

The training aimed to educate extension workers on how to improve the quality of rice seed and food fish production in Liberia.

It was conducted at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County, by World Fish, an international non-profit research and innovation organization working to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Africa Rice Liberia and World Fish are currently implementing the EU-funded DeSIRA Integrated Rice-Fish Farming System project in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA). For over 45 years now, World Fish has been working on sustainable aquaculture and fishing has improved the lives of millions of women, men and young people.

Fish and rice are major components of the Liberian diet. Liberia has everything it needs to produce enough rice and fish, but unfortunately the country continues to import rice and fish on a large scale.

Liberia spends about 200 million to import its staple foods, while it also spends about 40 million to import fish every year.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr Inoussa Akintayo also believes that Liberia has huge potential to produce more fish and rice, adding that the current fish farming and rice project aims to reduce imports of rice and rice. fish from Liberia.

According to Akintayo, the EU’s integrated rice-fish farming system was designed to correct such an unfortunate situation in the country.

He said the workshop was important for extension workers as he intends to drill them on seeds and feeds as well as the use of farm-made feeds for broodstock.

According to him, the EU integrated rice-fish farming system will create another opportunity for many young people in Liberia, especially recent university graduates, who will want to take advantage of such an opportunity.

He stressed that the best way to find a job is to create one yourself.

“Most young people should now see the EU integrated rice-fish farming system as an opportunity for themselves,” he said.

According to him, fish and other aquatic foods grown and harvested from oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds provide income for more than 800 million people and provide 3.3 billion with 20% of their animal protein intake.

Also speaking, Word Fish Senior Scientist Dr. Benoy Kumar Barman acknowledged that while Liberia is challenged in technology and logistics, the country has rich natural resources. , such as filtered water and soil, to increase rice and fish production on an industrial scale.

According to him, World Fish will work closely with relevant government agencies to build the capacity of extension officers in the fisheries sector.