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Taiwan Hands Over Tilapia Project in Gambia

02 July 2013

GAMBIA - Taiwan has handed over the Tilapia Culture Technology Transfer Project in Sapu, Central River Region (CRR) in Gambia, to the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources.

According to All Africa the Taiwan Technical Mission made the transfer through Ambassador Samual Chen last week.

The move comes after five years of tests and development at the project by the technical mission.

The TTM has also produced two technical handbooks - "The Gambia Aqua-culture Feed-Brew Handbook" and "The Gambia Tilapia Cultivate Handbook.

All Africa said the deputy permanent secretary at the Fisheries Ministry, Sosseh Jallow, expressed appreciation to the Republic of China (Taiwan) for its contribution to The Gambia's agricultural development, particularly the fisheries sector. She reiterated the importance of aquaculture in boosting the national economy and the provision of food, saying the sector is critical to the attainment of food security in Gambia.

The Tilapia Culture Technology Transfer Project started in Jahally Pacharr in 2007, with the aim to improve the food supplement in animal protein through fish and also help to increase income of families in fish-culturing process, All Africa said.

In August 2010, the Ministry of Fisheroes and Water Resource invited Taiwan Embassy to work together alongside the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Gambia office to reach the consensus for a tripartite cooperation in aqua-culture development at Sapu.

During 2011-2012, the Taiwan Technical Mission had given training to partners from the Department of Fisheries. In January this year, the Department of Fisheries was able to take over the Jahally Hatch Farm smoothly.

The hand over is expected to help the Gambia fisheries sector to develop more effectively.

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