This presentation on China Freshwater research centre, which is FAO reference centre for aquaculture and inland fishery research and training. The presentation has been prepared by Prof. Yuan Xinhua, Deputy Director of the Centre during AU- IBAR meeting of Roadmap for Establishing centres of Excellence for Fisheries and Aquaculture, held on 27th-28th June 2016, in Zanzibar, Republic Tanzania.
The ongoing pollution and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region is on the rise as such that livelihoods, environments and the economy of the region are been threatened resulting in the decline in marine and other aquatic lives as well as the general decline in the economy/incomes of nations which sustained over 500 Million people in the region. This article aimed at ensuring awareness at the international level, attract experts working in the related areas as well as investors to help promote the region in one hand and improve on the global economy in the other.
The paper presents the executive summary of results of a mission to Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana to evaluate past experience and current activities in rice-fish farming and assess the potential for further development. The main finding of the mission was that rice-fish culture is feasible in the West African subregion. The extensive form of rice-fish farming which is already practiced is worth improving to obtain higher fish yields. Intensive rice-fish culture should be introduced to rice farming in West Africa because it can provide additional income to rice farmers. The main immediate constraint is the need for technology training at local level. Recommendations include introduction of intensive rice-fish farming in rice plots with totally controlled irrigation; improved water management in low lying areas, especially for flood control; assessment of the feasibility of extensive rice-fish farming in ponds along rivers; assessment of the feasibility of extensive rice-fish culture in mangrove areas, with due recognition of environmental considerations; and integrated pest management for rice-fish farming.