Training project for Asia fish farmers

The SFP has provided thousands of Asian tilapia farmers with modern training designed to improve their businesses The SFP has provided thousands of Asian tilapia farmers with modern training designed to improve their businesses

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has completed a major aquaculture training programme in Asia providing thousands of shrimp and tilapia farmers with modern training designed to improve their businesses.

Organisers initially expected the project, operating in Indonesia, Thailand, and China, to attract 12,500 farmers. But by the finishing date in December 2016, more than 15,000 farmers in all three countries had participated in the training.

“This project has exceeded expectations because of the hard work of many committed partners to deliver improvements based on a detailed, local understanding of what farmers want,” said Anton Immink, aquaculture director, SFP.

“We recognise there is still a long way to go for many of these farmers, but we encourage others to actively engage in the improvements needed.” 

The programme, funded with the support of Walmart Foundation and IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, has led to vast improvements in environmental and disease management across shrimp and tilapia farms.

Sally Ananya, director of The Food School, one of the partners in Thailand, said: “The focus on smaller-scale producers and the specific inclusion of women in the training has been particularly valuable, as the contribution of these groups is often overlooked in projects aiming at improvements in shrimp farming.”

Training topics included the Code of Good Practice in Aquaculture, ecological farming, health management and market outlook.

SFP said it will continue to work closely with the producers to continue the improvements that have been made and help integrate them further into the international supply chain.

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