Authority embarks on developing fish farming

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THE National Fisheries Authority is embarking on programmes to develop fish farming in the country, according to executive manager for aquaculture and inland fisheries Jacob Wani.
He said during the launching of the De La Salle Secondary School’s aquaculture facility last Friday we should not continue to catch fish from the wild.
“Fish is important for us in terms of nutrition and earning a living. So how can we increase the production of fish?” Wani said.
“Unlike agriculture, which Papua New Guinea has a very long tradition of, we don’t farm fish because we have large seas.” He said the National Fisheries Authority was embarking on a number of programmes including introducing and promoting fish farming to schools.
“The best people to take up new knowledge are the young people,” Wani said.
Director for Technical Vocational Education Training (Tvet) curriculum Violet Gerega said the department of education through Tvet had developed a fisheries curriculum.
“Papua New Guinea has a shortage of qualified skilled workforce to meet the demands of the recent economic growth,” Gerega said.

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