A consultative workshop was organized on May 31, 2019 at Bahir Dar with the main objective of exploring possible collaboration and partnership among relevant stakeholders for the expansion of the newly constructed fish hatchery facility at the Bahir Dar Fishery and Aquatic Resource Center of Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute (ARARI). The participants were officials from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, head of the agriculture standing committee of the regional parliament, deputy head of Regional Bureau of Agriculture, director and deputy head of the regional livestock sector development agency, managers of private companies engaged in fishery (aquaculture) including the manager of the Dutch Africa Sustainable Aquaculture (ASA) aquaculture farm at Koka, BENEFIT partnership colleagues from PCU and ENTAG, and researchers from the Bahir Dar Fishery and Aquatic Resource Centre of ARARI.
The overall discussion focused on how to make the fish hatchery facility functional in terms of (i) overall facility management; (ii) having trained staff to run the facility; (iii) ensure the availability of demanded brook stock and water quality management; and (iv) ensure fish feed availability for the hatchery and aquaculture farm owners.
The workshop concluded with identification of roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders, which will be overlooked by ARARI. The main actors to engage in the process will be the fishery sector development directorate of the MoA, the regional livestock sector development agency, and the private actors. BENEFIT-ENTAG will explore the possibility of collaboration especially in relation to facilitating experience sharing visits abroad.