FIJI: Several tilapia farmers and aquaculture hatchery and farm development staff from Fiji's Ministry of Fisheries finished a four-day training on broodstock management at the Naduruloulou Freshwater Research Station and Pacific Community's campus in Nabua.
The training, provided by the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project, was facilitated by broodstock expert and Director of Aquaculture Development at the Asian Institute of Technology Dr Ram Bhujel, and SPC Aquaculture officers Dr Tim Pickering and Avinash Singh, The Fiji online reported.
UNITED STATES : Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has just wrapped up a major aquaculture training program in three different countries in Asia and the South Pacific, providing thousands of shrimp and tilapia farmers with modern training designed to improve the industry in these regions.
Organizers initially expected the project, operating in Indonesia, Thailand, and China, to attract 12,500 farmers. By the December 31, 2016 finishing date, more than 15,000 farmers in all three countries had participated in the training.
“This project has exceeded expectations because of the hard work of many committed partners to deliver improvements based on a detailed, local understanding of what farmers want,” said Anton Immink, SFP’s Aquaculture Director. “We recognize there is still a long way to go for many of these farmers, but we encourage others to actively engage in the improvements needed.”
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Malaysia:A new system for hiring foreign fishing boat crew members, which includes applying for temporary work visiting passes for jobs on deep sea fishing boats, is being put on hold.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the system, which was scheduled to be implemented on March 1, is being postponed until further notice; and that the issuance of new temporary permits for foreign crew will be frozen effective from the date.
MEXICO : Directors of the National Aquaculture and Fishery Commission (CONAPESCA), the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) and the coastal and high seas fishing sector, reached an agreement to set the start of the shrimp ban in the Pacific protected and marine waters as of March 20, 2017.
The decision was made based on the results of research carried out by INAPESCA in the shrimp biomass sampling.
INDIA : Factors like growing affordability, rising health consciousness, increasing consumer awareness and with more women getting into jobs are together likely to boost demand for frozen chicken and sea food products.
Apex industry body Assocham has urged the Union Government to reduce customs duty on chilled and frozen sea food from present level of 30% to 10% to bring down food inflation and satiate high demand for sea food in India.