FREE FISH INPUTS FOR FISH FARMS IN NIGERIA’S LAGOS STATE
The second batch of interns – two Ghanaian graduates and a Tanzanian fish farmer, has passed out of the World Institute For Soy In Human Health (WISHH) sponsored 6 week training programme completed their training at the Flosell Farms at Vume in the Volta Region, on Friday, April 12. The Ghanaian graduates were Sophia Sedem Onuodiha, Raymond Opare Antwi, Esther Anim and Seyram Kwadzo Amanie-Adjei. Mbonea Assery, a partner in Aqua Farms Hatchery, a Dares Salaam based company, joined the group from Tanzania.
Dr. Jeff Terhune, consultant to WISHH, said that fish ‘health lies at the core’ of the process of growing fish for profit, and it is very important that fish farmers, especially those involved in managing the technical aspects, get things right. This programme exposes participants to the practical issues involved in fish farming. They get exposed to the various devices and techniques for managing a modern fish farm, and I can assure you that their employers will benefit from this exposure’. Mr. John Domozoro, CEO of PBA Farms and a resource person at the programme, said that ‘in the past, fish farm enterprises have complained about the lack of in-depth practical skills among aquaculture graduate, and this programme has been designed to close that gap. Aquaculture is becoming more relevant to the Ghanaian and African economy, and we must do everything possible to optimize its performance’.
The interns expressed appreciation to WISHH and Flosell for the opportunity to raise their skill levels, which have enhanced their career prospects.
Applications have been invited for another group of interns, who will start in May. According to Dr. Terhune, ‘this time round we are offering 15 places to applicants from all over Africa. We are very satisfied with the interest shown by aquaculture students and graduates, and by fish farmers. I look forward to seeing scores, if not hundreds, of graduate interns acquiring practical skills all over Africa’. As the following images show, the internship programme was not only a learning one but also full of fun