65 leading fish producers and aquaculturists from the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region participated in USSEC’s two-day integrated aquaculture agriculture farming systems virtual conference on June 13 and 14.
Participants listened to presentations from speakers, including Professor Salah Haggag, professor of fish diseases and management of the Veterinary Health Research Institute, Aquatic Research Center (ARC); Dr. Diaa El Kenway of WorldFish; Professor Gamal Azzazi, professor of fish production at the Central Laboratory of ARC; and Dr. Ismail Radwan, director, Egyptian Center for Aquaculture. Topics discussed included Basics and Principals of the Integrated Aquaculture Agriculture Farming Systems, Design & Applications; Water Management in Integrated Farming Systems (Quantitative & Qualitative Requirements); Integrated Aquaculture-Agriculture Projects in Egypt, an Economical Model for Maximizing Farm Profitability; and Water Productivity Under Different Farming Systems & Ways of Maximizing Production. Attendees also took part in Q & A sessions on both days.
After two days of the virtual conference, a general discussion was held to discuss the effects of Egypt’s aquaculture sector by COVID-19 and how USSEC can work with its partners to help in its recovery.