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Kochi, Dec 9 – An international workshop-cum-training on ‘Fisheries Management and Aquaculture’ for 10 officials from 8 member countries of the African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) will begin at the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) here from December 11.
The programme is part of the international collaboration between the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and the AARDO, New Delhi.

Mr. Rami Mahmoud Abdel Halim Qtaishat, Assistant Secretary General of the AARDO will inaugurate the workshop at 10 am on Monday. Dr Khushnood Ali, Head, Research Division and Programme Coordinator of AARDO will be the Guest of Honour at the function which will be presided by Dr A. Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI.

The 10-day workshop will provide exposure and hands-on experience on areas of fisheries management, fish stock estimation, climate change impacts on fisheries and mitigation, responsible fisheries, aquaculture, good aquaculture practices, fish health, mariculture activities like cage farming, seaweed farming, fish breeding and seed production, ornamental fish culture, value addition technologies, fish nutrition, fisheries socio-economics, etc to the participants from Oman, Egypt, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Dr Suresh, V V R., Head, Mariculture Division of CMFRI is coordinating the programme.

The AARDO, formed in 1962 with it headquarter at New Delhi, is an Inter-Governmental Organization comprising 32 full member countries (18 from Africa and 14 from Asia) besides 2 associate members (Korea Rural Community Corporation, Republic of Korea and Agricultural Bank of Sudan).
The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, is providing financial and technical contributions to the AARDO for the larger benefits of its member countries.