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Liberian refugees receive training in aquaculture

by the Fish Site Editor
22 June 2007, at 1:00am

GHANA - Fifty Liberians refugees have been trained in aquaculture to enable them to engage in fish farming as a source of income when they return home.

The 10-day training programme supported with 120 million cedis from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Fund was facilitated by the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and NEPAD.

Presenting certificates to the trainees at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in the Central Region on Thursday, Mrs Gladys Asmah, Minister for Fisheries, said the Ministry upon request from the Liberian Embassy in Ghana sponsored the refugees to benefit from the training, which was part of an on-going programme in aquaculture for the youth.

She said the refugees were transported to Kuma Farms Complex at Domebra, near Kumasi, for the training, which ended last month. They would be expected to impart the knowledge gained in the practice to their fellow citizens while those with certificates in agriculture would join the Liberian Education Service to teach aquaculture in various schools.

The Minister said that a technical team had been set up within the Ministry to follow-up on their work when they returned to Liberia and to ensure that their practice conformed to required standards. She said the Ministry had disbursed funds and inputs on credit to the trainees for the construction, stocking and management of their farms and appealed to donor agencies to also assist the trainees with more funds.

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and NEPAD, said her Ministry supported the programme in the spirit of solidarity and regional cooperation. It would also enable the trainees to generate some income..

Source: Ghana Web

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