Mohammad Golam Kibria, a proud Bangladeshi is creating necessary framework and research for Namibia Government on fish farming
Let’s starts with a saying that let anyone teach fishing, he will eat for a day. Let anyone teach fish farming, he will eat forever.
Mohammad Golam Kibria (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ গোলাম কিবরিয়া) a proud Bangladeshi is doing the second-teaching others how to cultivate fish. But this is not in Bangladesh, but in a country like Namibia. He is working as a ‘Special Advisor’ to the Ministry of Fisheries and Sea Resources since 2008.
Namibia Govt realized that big social change can be possible through ‘Small-scale fishery’. Fishes are cultivated throughout Namibia. Golam Kibria got responsibility to create the necessary framework and research for this. Normally fishes are cultivated in Northern Namibia. In the southern part, fishes are cultivated in concrete cistern. The two species of African Catfish and Tilapia fishes are cultivated here. The Pangas, Shrimps, fishes like Curps can be produced here. And the Government of Namibia is also interested to increase the diversity of fish species by bringing fishes from Bangladesh.
Once upon a time, Namibia was producing 200 to 300 metric tons of fish per year. The figure rose to over one thousand metric tons after he was joined there. Government is trying to export fishes to the market of Europe by fulfilling the demand of the country.
He is trying so that skilled fishermen can come from Bangladesh to work or invest in Namibia. He is also trying to promote Bangladeshi model micro-credit in Namibia. He is also trying so that the traders of Bangladesh, the fishermen and the investors can get special privilege for tax exemption in Namibia.
Before coming to Namibia, Golam Kibria used to work in Vietnam for the Commonwealth. Before this, he worked in Thailand.
In 1994, he had completed his Master’s degree from the Bangladesh Agriculture University. He also worked for DANIDA and DFID for some time in Bangladesh. In 1999, He had completed his Masters from Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.
In 2010, Golam Kibria was selected as the ‘Best Commonwealth advisor’. In the same year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) nominated him as the Global Panel members. During his tenure in 2009, Namibia’s Ministry of Fisheries has given him different awards. Awards were given from FAO, the Swedish Sea Food Award and Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa.
Golam Kibria was born in Wari in 1968. The ancestral home is in Sandwip, Chittagong. He was studied in Comilla Cadet College and Barisal Cadet College. His father, Mohammad Golam Maula was a professor. He has been working outside the country for nearly 15 years.
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