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DISTRIBUTION OF CATFISH FINGERLINGS IN DEMOCRAIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, SOUTH KIVU PROVINCE

By: PhD Student Janvier Mushagalusa Namegabe, aquaculture specialist of IITA and WorldFish in DR of Congo,

Tilapia fish is the species almost reared in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and individuals of the clarias species can also be observed in some fishponds, carved by runoff water that is associated with tilapia. A monoculture pond of Clarias remains difficult to find due to the lack of larval breeding technologies in the region. However, the clarias remains the most profitable catfish in the region. Thus, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA-Kalambo) has begun breeding catfish to increase the yield of fish farmers.

After a series of training sessions for fish farmers on the management of a fish ponds and fish nutrition using local ingredients, in South Kivu (Walungu, kabare and the Ruzizi Plain)/RD Congo carried out as part of the project « Aquaculture assessments and value chain pilots for improving fish supply, employment, and nutrition in DR congo (South-Kivu)-IITA and the Technologies for the Transformation of Agriculture in Africa (TAAT)/Aquaculture program, funded respectively by IFAD and the AfDB. This Thursday, October 31, 2019, IITA-Kalambo distributed 5500 Clarias Gariepinus “catfish” fingerlings in South Kivu province, Walungu territory. According to the aquaculture specialist of IITA and WorldFish in Congo, Janvier Mushagalusa Namegabe, who reproduces catfish, « the clarias gariepinus fingerlings given to producers will allow them to put into practice the knowledge received and increase fish production in DR Congo and finally to contribute at least a little to food security in the South-Kivu province ».

During the various awareness sessions for farmers on the activities of the projects « Aquaculture assessments and value chain pilots for improving fish supply, employment, and nutrition in DR congo (South-Kivu) and the Technologies for the Transformation of Agriculture in Africa (TAAT)/ Aquaculture programme. Janvier Mushagalusa Namegabe also promised that IITA will support fish farmers to ensure the continuity and sustainability of these fish farming activities in South Kivu.

As a reminder, the objectives of these projects are to provide farmers with inputs (fry and fish feed), quality fish farming and to contribute and provide farmers with access to training on the best practices management in aquaculture.

 

 

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