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Title:

FISHCULTURE SURVEY REPORT FOR WEST CENTRAL AFRICA


Author(s):

Moss, Donavan, G. Pardue, M. Danner


Date: 1969


Funding Agency: USAID


Keywords: senegal, central african republic, cameroon, nigeria, togo, ghana, ivory coast, africa, international, development, fisheries, aquaculture


Category: International Country Report


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Summary/Recommendations/Objectives:

of the countries surveyed. These materials, however, normally are most abundant
following harvest, but they may not be available during other periods of the year.
This single factor probably is the one which will most limit development of intensive
fishculture in the region.
In this survey of fishculture operations, carried out during April and May,
1969, in Senegal, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana,
and Ivory Qoast, effort was made to assess fishculture potentials including the
availability of required inputs and economic operations.
From the standpoint of economic return to the producer and existing demand
for fish, the Central African Republic holds the best possibility for commercial
fishculture operations, followed by Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.
The Central African Republic and Cameroon, however, already are cooper a.
tors in an ambitious program of fishculture research and training sponsored by the
United Nations and carried out by Centre Technique Forestier Tropical (CTFT),
a French aid agency.
The need for fish is great particularly in the northern regions of the Ivory
Coast, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria. Nigeria and Ghana are “impact” countries and
both will continue to receive technical assistance through USAJD on a bi-lateral
basis. At present, however, Nigeria cannot be strongly CO]lSidered for a fishculture
development program because of the following reasons:
1. Although Nigeria is an “impact” country, the AID/Mission felt that it
could not support a cooperative program in fishculture in view of
existing commitments and obligations to other agriculture programs.
In the past, the AID/Mission has contributed substantially both to marine
and inland fisheries projects, especially in Lagos State and the Western State.
2. As long as the present conflict continues, with imposed restrictions on travel and transportation, and preoccupation of government agencies with military priorities, it will be extremely difficult to establish an effective program.
The Ivory Coast has received assistance in fishculture from the French (CTFT) for at least
15 years. Located in Bouake is one of the largest and certainly

the best planned and constructed fishculh1re research facility observed
during the survey. A program of research and training at this station is carried out by a staff of 5 Europeans.
Although Togo has need for a fishculture development program in the northern
part of the country, there was little indication that the government was interested
in supporting a program of this type. Most of the emphasis appeared to be on
development and expansion of the marine fishery and assistance in this area was
being provided through a German aid project.

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