EU-STREIT PNG, as part of its Fisheries component has conducted its first Inland Fisheries farming training workshop at the Yangoru-Saussia District in East Sepik Province during the month of June.
Fifteen farmers from Numbo and Sasowia in the East and West Yangoru LLGs including 4 women were participants in the training led by EU-STREIT Fish Specialist, Mr Francisco Noble.
The training looked at the advantages of tilapia fish farming, the biology and life cycle of tilapia, fingerlings stocking, how to produce fish feed from readily available ingredients, fish farm management, book-keeping and handling/harvesting of mature fish with integrated fish and poultry farming.
Part of the training included practical sessions where participants visited some fish ponds in the district and were shown how to clean and maintain these ponds properly. The weekly and monthly cleaning of the ponds is necessary to ensure the health of the fishes and plants and the quality of water coming into the pond.
The District Agriculture Officer, Mr. William Neimani, an earlier survey established revealed that there are 113 inland fish farmers in the district. Mr. William Neimani acknowledging EU and FAO in selecting Yangoru-Saussia as the first district for such an opportunity where local villagers can be offered life skills and knowledge. And hopes the partnership continues for other rural farmers to take part as well.
The EU-STREIT PNG, is being implemented as a UN joint Programme with FAO as leading agency, and ILO, ITU, UNCDFP, and UNDP as implementing partners, is the largest grant-funded Programme of the European Union in the country and the Pacific region, which focuses on increasing sustainable and inclusive economic development of rural areas through Increasing the economic returns and opportunities from cocoa, vanilla and fishery value chains and strengthening and improving the efficiency of value chain enablers including the business environment and supporting sustainable, climate-proof transport and energy infrastructure development.