Peru Projects International Training Course in Aquaculture of Amazon Species for Extensionists and Producers
by William Camargo, Southern Illinois
he first international training course titled Aquaculture of Amazon Species for Extensionists and Producers, sponsored by CRSP-SIUC-USAID, was held at the Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana (IIAP) Quistococha facility from 25-30 April 2002.
The course, the first of a proposed series of training courses, of fered basic tools to initiate small but productive aquaculture ventures to aid in facilitating food security and additional income to farmers and indigenous communities (Quichua, Shipibo and Cocama) of the Amazon region. To ensure sustainability, various native Amazonian plant products (fruits, foliage and agriculture byproducts) were promoted as sources of food for plant-eating fishes (e.g., Colossomids). The next training course will be held at the same location (IIAPQuistococha) from 25-30 August 2002.