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One of the main weaknesses identified in the PPVII Baseline Study is linked to human capital, regarding skills and knowledge. The lack of access to Technical Assistance and the low level of skills and mechanisms to apply “Good Fish Farming Practices (GPP)” significantly affects the levels of productivity, efficiency and profitability of the fish farming activity.

One of the main weaknesses identified in the PPVII Baseline Study is linked to human capital, regarding skills and knowledge. The lack of access to Technical Assistance and the low level of skills and mechanisms to apply “Good Fish Farming Practices (GPP)” significantly affects the levels of productivity, efficiency and profitability of the fish farming activity.

Access to specialized technical assistance is only a 21%, reflecting the incipient alliance between technicians and input suppliers. Furthermore, the level of education and the development of skills in fish farming indicate the low level of training of human resources with specialized skills.

Considering that the lack of specialized human resources and low coordination with producers is one of the greatest barriers to achieving fish farming with good levels of efficiency and productivity, the PPVII has designed and developed a Technical Assistance System that is is being put into practice in its Technological Dissemination and Communication component, considering gender equity in a transversal way.

The Technical Assistance System has the following modules as its main components:

  • 1. Training of specialized human resources: **Six-month modular course for the training of “Auxiliary Technicians” with support from specialized institutions (South – South exchange with EMBRAPA of Brazil) and university academic support (FINI – UAGRM).
  • 2. Demonstration Units (or Field Schools)**: Successful Family Productive Units (11 identified) that apply BPPs and where neighboring families carry out learning tours.
  • 3. Technological communication:** Peer training mechanisms, using the Demonstration Units as learning centers with the support of the Assistant Technician and facilitators who own the Demonstration Unit.

Testimonials from participants:

– G. Flores, Municipal Technician:
*“We have left the entire area in charge of the facilitator Alejandro. The Mayor's Office has dedicated itself to supporting new fish farmers who are just starting out. I see that the families who participate in the tours are happy because the technical support is closer; For example, several of them already know how to do biometrics.” *

– A. Olpo, Demonstration Unit facilitator, Yapacani:
*“My main economic venture is fish farming. I have the great satisfaction of having been one of the first people to dedicate myself to fish farming in this municipality and paved the way for other people to dedicate themselves to this field. In addition, job niches have opened up for many people, which is why I like them to visit my pools and for other families to learn.”*

– A. Segovia, member of the Women Entrepreneurs Association:

“The best thing about the training is that it is done in the pools and you can see how other people raise the fish. Most learn because it is explained and you can see the quality of the water, the pools, how it should be measured and other techniques, and you can also ask questions. I feel good that I have learned a lot.”

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