Pakistani officials undergo training at FAC
pTen Pakistani government officials are currently undergoing the “Training on Freshwater Aquaculture Production and Research” conducted by the Freshwater Aquaculture Center in cooperation with the College of Fisheries.The training started last June 23 and will wind up on September 14. The training participants are from the Livestock and Fisheries, and the Research and Development Departments of the Directorate of Fisheries Sindh Inland and Directorate of Fisheries Sindh Marine. Each participant is assigned to specialize on a topic in the training: Mr. Syed Ashraf Ali Shah (catfish seed production and hatchery management); Mr. Huzoor Bux Khoso (brackishwater aquaculture); Mr. Khalil ur Rehman Waggan (cage/pond culture of high value species); Mr. Syed Khursheed Hussain (freshwater aquaculture); Mrs. Khalida Siddique fish health management); Mr. Mohammed Rafi que Mirani (fish nutrition and feed formulation); Mr. Mohammed Saleem Akhtar Khan (tilapia sex reversal), Mr. Manzoor Ali Siyal (genetic improvement and management of breeders); Mr. Hussain Bux Siyal (freshwater prawn culture); and Mr. Aijaz Ahmed Memon (conservation techniques in capture fi sheries). The training was requested by the government of Pakistan as part of its “Technical Capacity Building through Foreign Diploma” program. – Claire Samantha T. Juanico
FAC hosts small group meeting on the Philippines’ tilapia industry
fThe Freshwater Aquaculture Center (FAC) hosted a small group meeting on the tilapia industry in the Philippines last May 6 at Phil-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology.Attended by 27 participants representing six institutions, the meeting was organized to level off expectations among the various agencies and scientists on the status and needs of the tilapia industry in the country. According to Dr. Maripaz L. Perez, regional director for Asia and Country Manager - Philippines, WorldFish Center, “work must now focus on developing the industry thru science and technology. The challenge is how to make the industry more competitive and how all stakeholders particularly the private sector could collaborate to institutionalize efficient and effective management practices that will enable the country to meet domestic and international demand for tilapia”.Dr. Sevilleja, CLSU president, emphasized the long-term collaboration between CLSU and the WorldFish Center which dates back to the 1980s and expressed high hopes for the current collaboration. A brief background on the tilapia industry in the Philippines and an overview of research, development and technology transfer in fi sh genetic improvement were given by Dr. Tereso A. Abella, FAC director; and Dr. Raul Ponzoni, principal scientist of WorldFish Center in Malaysia, respectively. Dr. Abella emphasized the importance of tilapia in Philippine aquaculture and highlighted key issues that affected or could affect any efforts to promote the industry. Meanwhile, Dr. Ponzoni indicated the major challenges faced by breeders if the species were to survive any drastic changes in the physical environment. He further proposed for the establishment of a GIFT Breeders Association that could link key populations and ensure that the minimum level of effective population is maintained to...
Multi-country Observational Study Mission on the Application of Advanced Technologies in Aquaculture
srilankaMulti-country Observational Study Mission on the Application of Advanced Technologies in Aquaculture attended by Dr. Tereso A. Abella from October 18-22, 2009 in the Republic of China (ROC) particularly at its Fisheries Research Insti tute, Changhua Fishery Associati on Offi ce, Pintung Agricultural Biotechnology Park of the Council of Agriculture, and National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. Dr. Abella further gained relevant knowledge on advanced aquaculture technologies and best practices through direct exposure to successful examples of green aquaculture production and postproduction sites. He was given the opportunity to chair a group which discussed key issues and challenges in the adoption of cutting edge technologies for sustainable aquaculture in member-countries of the Asian Productivity Organization composed of ROC, Australia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Japan. The application of green aquaculture production and postproduction has already been initiated by the CLSU-FAC through its biotechnology related projects.
RD&E administrators share best practices
Dr. Tereso A. Abella, program leader of the “Sustainable Agriculture and Fishery R&D Program for Quality Life” and concurrently director of the FAC conveyed to 90 expectant research managers the best practices he and his predecessors instituted for the management of the above-mentioned program which won as “national best higher education institution (HEI) research program” under the auspices of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).The sharing of best practices was carried out during the seminar organized by CHED Regional Office No. 3 for public and private HEIs in Central Luzon at the Malolos City-based University of Regina Carmeli (URC). In his presentation, Dr. Abella stressed that winning the award was a result of long years of perseverance, commitment and dedication anchored on the philosophy and mission of the institution. He cited the “Baconian” model of undertaking research, and culture of excellence as great factors in delivering relevant development contributions to the countryside.Also, Dr. Ruben C. Sevilleja, former FAC director and current CLSU president, included in his inspirational message how the administration of CLSU R & D programs harmonize with the academic, extension and enterprise development programs of the university.To complete the essence of the seminar, executive vice president Belen de Jesus presented the URC Community Development and Extension Program which was chosen by CHED as “regional best HEI extension program”. She said that “the program thrusts of the university on socialized housing, health services, innovative alternative education delivery system, social advocacy and instruction based community service paved the way for the award”.In order to create further awareness among HEIs, Dr. Libertad P. Garcia presented CHED’s policies and guidelines on Best HEI research and extension program award, and REPUBLICA (Research and Publication) award. (With...

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