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kenyan delegation 350Participants of the Kenyan delegation discuss aquaculture systems

Kenyan representatives of the Trilateral Tilapia Cooperation project paid a visit to the Naturland head offices in Gräfelfing, Germany, on the first stage of their one-week tour of Germany, for a professional exchange of ideas on sustainable fishing and organic aquaculture. At the invitation of Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development, the delegation visited various ports of call in Germany between 26th November and 4th December, accompanied by several members of staff of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a company providing services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development, to compare notes with experts on the various aquaculture systems and on commercial fishing in general.  

The Naturland fishing and aquaculture team introduced the group of participants, consisting of fish breeders and officials from the Kenyan fishing authority and educational sector, to the subject of organic aquaculture and gave a survey of the various fishing projects certified to the Naturland standards. Naturland made the arrangements for the first three days, the focus being on education, research and practice, and accompanied the delegation during this period. In this context, a visit was paid to the Institute for Fisheries of the Bavarian State Research Centre for Agriculture at its branch institutes in Starnberg (rainbow trout aquaculture) and Höchstadt (carp pond aquaculture). Besides this, they paid visits to a trout breeding facility and a shrimp production facility. One excursion took the delegation to Aischgrund, providing them with an overview of this location’s historical carp pond landscape. The delegation expressed great interest in these projects and gave assurances of their commitment to offering further training programmes in Kenya.

The Trilateral Tilapia Cooperation scheme is a co-operative project between the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Co-operation, represented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and MASHAV, Israel’s agency for international development co-operation. The objective of this co-operation is to protect the environment and to ensure the sustainable use of Lake Victoria by creating alternative sources of income for the people living round the lake. In the past five years, over 8,000 fish farmers and 100 producers of fish fodder and fingerlings have benefited from training courses.