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China to Help Continent Breed Fish

14 November 2007

UGANDA - China has promised to work with the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) to develop the fishing industry in Africa.

Through the Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences (CAFS) and the WorldFish Centre, Chinese agreed to work on a scientific research programme on aquaculture-fish growing.

They particularly focus on fish breeding and to co-host future Forums on Fisheries Science and Technology, according to a Nepad Dialogue, a monthly online publication.

The development comes at a time when fresh water fish stocks in African are dwindling but the local and international markets for the fish are steadily growing.

To mitigate against the shortages, Rwanda government is encouraging the private sector to invests in fish farming. The country mostly depends on fish supplies from Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania to feed her population.

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