Two Sydney men have used their knowledge of aquaculture and engineering to establish a fish farm at a Tanzania minor seminary, providing food as well as a small business opportunity for students, reports The Catholic Weekly.
Matthew Guy, who studied aquaculture at the University of Tasmania, and Robert Griffin, a mechanical engineer, established the aquaculture farm on land near the home of a retired priest in Morogoro. They were inspired by a visit to Sydney by Tanzanian priest Fr Patrick Kungalo, who spoke at St Bernadette’s parish, Castle Hill, about food shortages in his region.
'Countries like India grow catfish at low cost as good, cheap protein,' said Matthew, who wanted to establish an extensive aquaculture farm in Tanzania.
He teamed up with friend Robert, and the two twenty-somethings travelled to Tanzania to assess the area and meet with stakeholders. On their return to Australia they set about planning the aquaculture farm while fundraising to make it a reality.
The pair raised more than $10,000 through small fundraisers including barbecues and cake stalls. On their next trip to Morogoro they started excavation, planned water catchment, sourced fish, and met the students who would ultimately assume responsibility for the farm.
Photo: Robert Griffin and Matthew Guy in Tanzania