Fishing skills

Extension workers in Liberia learn improved skills in rice-fish culture technology

About 16 agricultural extension officers from five counties in Liberia benefited from a two-day training workshop on capacity building of trainers on improved rice-fish farming technology.

The training aimed to educate extension workers on how to improve the quality of rice seed and food fish production in Liberia. Beneficiaries came from Bong, Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh and Gbarpolu counties.

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.

DeSIRA Integrated Fish Farming Rice System

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.

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