The training course on freshwater fish cage culture (Tilapia, Common silver barb and frog) for local fisherfolk in Nam Ngum Reservoir, Lao PDR

Date: 24-29 May 2010
Venue: Udonthani Inland Fisheries Research and Development Center, Udonthani Province, Thailand

Objectives of the workshop:
To strengthen fishing community organizations and institutions to enable them to take leading role in practicing rights-based fisheries and co-management for inland fisheries management; and to establish fish conservation zone through co-management at Nam Ngum Reservoir.

Activity implementation:
Sixteen local fisherfolk from around Nam Ngum Reservoir in Lao PDR, coming from four villages, provincial and district fisheries offices participated in the training. SEAFDEC Secretary-General Dr. Chumnarn Pongsri welcomed the participants to the training, after which Dr. Yuttana Theparoonrat proposed for the adoption of the agenda.

The Fisheries Officer from Udonthani Inland Fisheries Research and Development Center, Ms. Tiwarat Thalerngkietleela to presented the principles of fish feeding including management and pattern of fish cage culture in Udornthani Province. Ms. Tiwarat also presented measures for the prevention and treatment of aquatic animal especially fish and frog. Moreover, she also explained the various aspects in aquatic farm management which include harvesting, data recording, accountancy, distribution, and marketing and network system.

In addition, another Fisheries Officer from Udonthani Inland Fisheries Research and Development Center, Ms. Nopphamat Jaiwtung gave a presentation on feed and fish feeding divided into types of nutrients, lack of nutrients in fish, feeds type, principles of feeding, materials for preparation of feeds and storage of feeds.

Another resource person, Ms. Reanu Sirimongkhonthavorn, the Director of Udonthani Inland Fisheries Research and Development Center, also presented the topic on Tilapia cage culture, and problems encountered in relation with marketing and transportation system. Moreover, she also gave a presentation on frog culture including brood-stock selection, breeding and nursing as well as the problems and possible solutions of frog culture.

Moreover, the training also included study trips to the Tilapia cage culture in Bungsuan and Huai Luang Dam, Udornthani Province and Tilapia farm in Mekong River. Furthermore, a frozen food company at Nakhon Phanom Province, the Grobest Group also explained their activities to the participants. Then the participants moved to Sakon Nakhon Province to observe frog cage culture. In each site of the study trips, the participants had the chance to discuss the relevant activities including issues and concerns with the owners. The participants very actively participated in the discussions that followed and asked various questions on topics concerning the study trips.

On the last day, Ms. Reanu and Dr. Yuttana gave their short speeches and thanked the participants for their active involvement in the training. After that the participants received their certificates of attendance from Ms. Reanu and Dr. Yuttana.

For evaluation, the training evaluation form was distributed to the participants. The result of the training evaluation would be used for improving the next training, specifically considering what the participants had gained, the course contents, suggestions and recommendations.