MRC launches Experimental Seaweed Farm

Mauritius Research Council


The Mauritius Research Council in collaboration with Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology and Ministry of Fisheries and Rodrigues is organizing a hands-on training workshop on “Seaweed Farming” at the Albion Fisheries Research Centre from 7 to 11 November, and at Petite Butte Community Centre, Rodrigues, from 14 to 18 November 2011. A seaweed expert, Dr Flower E Msuya, from the Institute of Marine Sciences, Tanzania will be the resource person for the training.

The five-day hands-on training workshop, meant to train members of the stakeholder institutions/organizations in seaweed farming, will include all skills involved from site selection for seaweed culture to setting up experimental seaweed farms, including farming methods, problems (both social and environmental), working with communities and management of a seaweed farm, etc.

About 40 participants from Agricultural Research & Extension Unit, Board of Investment, Mauritius Oceanographic Institute, Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute, Ministry of Fisheries & Rodrigues, Ministry of Industry, University of Mauritius, members of the fishermen groups and the private sector have registered for the workshop.

The outcome of the hands-on training programme will be setting up of two experimental seaweed farms, one in Mauritius and one in Rodrigues for research purposes.

The Experimental Seaweed farm was jointly launched this week by Hon Rajesh Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology and Hon Joseph Von Mally, Minister of Fisheries and Rodrigues at the Conference Room of Albion Fisheries Research Centre, Albion.

The opening of the workshop in Rodrigues will be done by Hon Von Mally and Mr Gaëtan Jabeemissar, the Chief Commissioner of Rodrigues Regional Assembly on Monday 14 November 2011 at Petite Butte Community Centre, Rodrigues.

* Published in print edition on 11 November 2011

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