Week one of the three weeks’ tailor-made training on sustainable aquaculture has been successfully completed. The training was organized jointly by the Department of Livestock and the Sustainable Aquaculture Solution, Netherlands, with fund support from the Orange Knowledge Program (OKP – NUFFIC). The training is aimed mainly at providing skills and knowledge on aquaculture for staff from relevant agencies like Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Regional Livestock Development Center and Fishery Centers. Owing to COVID-19 pandemic, the training is being conducted virtually. Similarly, to ensure the activities of the participants are not affected, the training will be conducted in a staggered manner.
First week, the participants were introduced to Global Good Aquaculture Practices (Global GAP). Good Aquaculture Practices are activities, procedures or considerations that maximize environmental and economic sustainability, product quality and safety, animal health and workers safety. The training included both group work and presentations. The participants prepared Global GAP checklists and initiated development of National GAP guideline. Although a long process, the National GAP guideline is expected to help develop sustainable aquaculture in the country.