Fifty-seven participants have graduated from a two-week aquaculture course facilitated by the Chinese government.
Their enthusiasm was applauded by the Councilor of the Chinese Embassy in Guyana, Chen Xilai, in his closing remarks at the ceremony.
The course came to an end on Monday following exercises which saw participants visiting the Sweet Water Aqua Farm at Canal #2, West Bank Demerara and the Satyadeow Sawh Aquaculture Station at Mon Repos.
Chen explained that the training was aimed at improving the integrated technology and management level of aquaculture in Guyana, so as to promote industry development.
He, however, said the experts from China including Professor Chen Jiayou from the Fujian Institute of Oceanography and Cao Jianmenj, Researcher from the Pearl River Aquaculture Research Institute, also learnt valuable information during the two-week training programme.
Chen said with over 46 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, China stands ready to continue its support to Guyana in many areas including education, agriculture and technology. “Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, we have collaborated in the public health sector and recently agriculture sector, also we have frequent economic exchanges in business with the private sector …many Chinese businessmen are operating in Guyana.”
Chief Fisheries Officer Denzil Roberts urged the participants to use their knowledge to better themselves and their communities.
He said officers from the Fisheries Department would visit and monitor the progress of participants in the various regions.
The course was a collaboration between the governments of Guyana and the People’s Republic of China. The participants came from the private sector, government agencies, civil society, security services, the University of Guyana and farmers.