Aquaculture for all

Sustainable Aquaculture: A Plus for Gambia?

GAMBIA - In September this year, the government of The Gambia and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) signed the FAO-funded Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) Support Project for Sustainable Aquaculture Systems.

According to the Daily Observer, the project will immensely contribute to the adequate management of fish catches and reduce losses in post-harvest fisheries.

The news agency says that the objectives of the project are to assist in providing technical guidance and backstopping in the implementation of the country’s strategic framework and plans as well as sustainable aquaculture development. This will enable and give the fish farmers and those working in the fisheries sector the opportunity to exploit the sector for national development as well as their own.

Lamin Nyabally, the permanent secretary, Department of State for Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters signed the project on behalf of The Gambia Government while Malcolm Duthie, the World Food Programme resident representative, signed on behalf of the FAO director general.

The 408,000 US Dollars is to be implemented over a period of two years, commencing October 2008.

According to information reaching the Daily Observer’s Fisheries column, the project was formulated in response to The Gambia government’s placement of aquaculture as a priority area to be developed within the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).

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