Training of the Fishermen of Gwadar District, Baluchistan
through TRTA II-trained Master Trainers
(11th June 2014 -17th June 2014)
A seven-day pilot training of the 1,260 Fishermen of the Gwadar district, was organized by the Fisheries Department (BFD) Government of Baluchistan in conjunction with the EU-funded UNIDO-TRTA II programme as a continuation of the trainings earlier imparted to 700 fisherman of the Lasbella District.
These fishermen were trained by 31 Master Trainers (MTs) under the supervision of the TRTA Programme experts, following the successful completion of a 2-week extensive training course conducted by TRTA II International Experts, Dr. Mike Dillon, Mr. Christopher Leftwhich, held at Karachi in November 2013. Twenty-four of these MTs were Fisheries Officers of Baluchistan Fisheries Department while five members were from other local NGOs which are operating in coastal areas of Baluchistan. The remaining two were from Sind Fisheries Department and Korangi Fish Harbor Authority.
Originally six pilot training sessions of fishermen were planned from 11th-17th June 2014 on the 07 formal/informal landing sites of Gwadar district (Jeewani, Pishukan, Gwader, Surbandar, Pasni, Kalmat and Ormara)
Following the request from fishermen communities of other landing sites, it was decided that this training would be extended to the additional landings sites (Gunz, Kapar, Bal and Hud). This meant that, in order to complete the trainings within the stipulated days, two training sessions were conducted each day.
The training was initiated through an introductory meeting co-chaired by the DG, BFD, and Coordinator of the Master Training programme and Fisheries Sector Expert (TRTA II Programme). The MTs were provided with the draft copies of second and improved version of illustrated COPs and given the guidelines on how to proceed with their training with the fishermen. This improvement was made following the feedback received during the training of the 700 fishermen of the Lasbella District, with the objective to enhancing the fishermen income by improving the quality of their fish catch during post-harvest handling phase on small fishing boats. The chapters on grading of shrimp and crabs were included in COP and Urdu translation of the COP brochure was also produced.
Following this plenary meeting the actual training session for fishermen began at Jiwani landing site where about 80 Fishermen were present. The Trainee fishermen group were a little hostile in the beginning due to some political turmoil at the jetty. However, the Master Trainers slowly resolved the situation following which the training session was well received.
Over the next 6 days a total of 1,180 fishermen at various landing sites (Pishukan 120; Gwadar 137; Surbandar 160; Pasni 76; Gunz 90; Kapar 110; Kalmat 139; Bal 72; Ormara 107; Hud 169) were trained by these Master Trainers in two sessions: morning & evening.
The fishermen responded eagerly to these trainings with the illustrations having the added advantage of being both descriptive as well as attractive to them. The local NGOs also took keen interest in mobilizing and organizing the fishermen. The Master Trainers also conducted an evaluation of training methods and based on the feedback forms received by the participants improved their delivery system as the trainings progressed
At Pasni, the largest fishing jetty in Baluchistan, the issue of siltation of the channel and the poor design of breakwater was also addressed in the training programme. IN addition representatives of some fish processing plants located at Pasni also attended the training.
The final series of trainings were held at fishing villages close by to the coast. During these trainings the MTs not only delivered COPs individually as per the decided plan but at times they led the fishermen group themselves in smaller subgroups and then handle them with more personalized and interactive manner.
1,960 fishermen belonging to 17 different coastal villages/ fish landing sites across 06 districts of Lasbella (700 fishermen) and 11 districts of Gwadar (1,260 fishermen) were trained based on developed COP for small fishing boats from Master Trainers under the supervision of Sector Expert Fisheries TRTAII programme.
Change in post-harvest practices among the trained fishermen with the realization that such practices would increase their income and improve their livelihood
Increased awareness amongst the trained fishermen on food safety & health related issues