Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has selected Tanzania’s Fisheries Education and Training Agency (FETA) to train Somali experts on fish handling, processing and preservation.
Head of Aquaculture Department at Fisheries Education and Training Agency in Bagamoyo, Emmanuel Nkukura said yesterday when speaking at the ongoing 43rd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) .
The training will include marketing techniques of fish and fish products, management of fisheries organizations, capacity building on extension and training services in fisheries sector.
“We have so far trained a total of 78 youths from Somalia, we have received another batch of 20 youth who are currently undergoing the intensive training on the sector”, said Nkurura adding the experts are expected to improve Somalia’s fisheries sector.
He said the intensive training is conducted for five weeks from June 24th 2019.
Kurura noted that JICA has selected FETA to provide training for Somali youth after it was impressed with fisheries education and training that FETA offer.
“FETA has been selected as best institution in sub- Saharan Africa that offers the best trainings in fisheries education”, he noted.
He said FETA is a public institution under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development and it is a pioneer institution delivering various courses in different carries with a objective to provide competent range in delivering outputs in the fields of Marine engineering, fish processing, Aquaculture, Nautical science and boat building.
“Since inception, we have been achieving continuous and substantial growth, our resources both human and financial in technical knowhow have grown in parallel with what is needed in the real world market.” he noted.
He said the agency has been attracting an increasing number of students from within and outside the country.
“We have decided to participate in this fair so that we can show Tanzanians and other foreign exhibitors on what we offer in fisheries education and aquaculture training”, he noted.
According to him, information on the courses offered each year is advertised in newspapers, agency website including televisions and radios in March and April.