Workshop on fresh water fish farming

A workshop aimed at fresh water fish farming at the 123 dams and micro-dams in the Central region was conducted on 23 January.

Asmara, 24 January 2018- A workshop aimed at fresh water fish farming at the 123 dams and micro-dams in the Central region was conducted on 23 January.

The head of the Ministry of Marine Resources branch in the Central region, Mr. Esaw Tiku’e indicated that the objective of the workshop is to enable citizens who live far from the sea coastal areas become beneficiaries of fresh water fish on their table.

According to reports presented by experts at the workshop fresh water fish farming beyond ensuring food security has significant contribution in creating job opportunity as well as sustainable income generation activity.

The five years pilot project that was initiated in 2017 to introduce fresh water fish farming at the dams of Tokor, Mai-Nefhi, Adi-Sheka, Gala, Hayelo, Adi-Bidel and Taeresh  have produced commendable results and that training programs have been provided to farmers with a view to expand the activity.

Underlining the contribution of fresh water fish farming will have in ensuring food security and improving the lives of citizens living in rural areas, the Governor of the Central region, Maj. Gen. Romodan Osman Aweliai called for organizing awareness raising and training programs for farmers in a bid to expand the activity in all dams and micro-dams in the region.

Currently successful fresh water fish farming is being conducted in 16 dams in Serejeka sub-zone, in 7 dams in Berik sub-zone, in 6 dams in Gala-Nefhi sub-zone and in 4 dams around Asmara.

In the Central region there are 6 big dams with capacity of holding more than one million meter cube of water, 10 dams with capacity of holding 500 to one million meter cube and 51 up to 700,000 meter cube of water.