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Nineteenth annual technical report: aquaculture training for Kenyan fisheries officers and university students
Veverica, K.; Ngugi, C. C.; Amadiva, J.; Muchiri, M.; Bowman, J. R. (2002). Nineteenth annual technical report: aquaculture training for Kenyan fisheries officers and university students. Pond Dynamics/Aquaculture CRSP: Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 4 pp.

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  • Veverica, K.
  • Ngugi, C. C.
  • Amadiva, J.
  • Muchiri, M.
  • Bowman, J. R.

    Lack of technical training has been cited as a major reason for the low output of fish ponds in Kenya. The lack was observed at all levels, from the lowest-level extension agent through university levels. The training program undertaken by the Kenya Project in Kenya seeks to improve training and to provide a cadre of trainers who have extensive practical fish-production experience. This year the Kenya Project continued scholarship support for two M.S. students, one at Moi University’s Chepkoilel Campus, Eldoret, Kenya, and the other at Auburn University, Alabama. Small stipends for student research conducted at Sagana Fish Farm have allowed undergraduate as well as graduate-level university students to remain longer to complete projects and gain valuable field experience. The series of short courses for personnel of the Kenya Fisheries Department (FD), begun in 1999 and 2000, was concluded this year with the fifth and final course planned under this activity. In this series of courses, more than 80 FD staff received two weeks of training in pond construction methods and pond management techniques, and an additional 26 persons (24 Fisheries Officers and 2 outside-funded participants) received three weeks of advanced training in pond construction, pond management, and business planning. Additional farmer field days for approximately 50 farmers are also planned for later in 2001.

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