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Monday, 08 October 2012

Jamaica Aquaculture Development Plan

An Aquaculture Development Plan is to be implemented this year, with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, says some $22 million will be allocated from the Fisheries Management Development Fund (FMDF), to carry out the exercise.
The Minister was addressing an African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Fish II Programme validation workshop, organised by the Ministry and the Belize-based ACP Regional Co-ordinating Unit, at the Farmers’ Training Centre, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on October 3. Mr. Clarke also informed that an additional $17 million has been earmarked to undertake rehabilitation of the hatchery/nursery facility at the aquaculture branch of the Centre, to provide quality seed stock for the industry.
The Minister said the aquaculture development plan is aimed at contributing to Jamaica’s goals of ensuring food security; employment creation; import substitution; and foreign exchange savings. These, he explained, will be achieved through a "complete revolution" of the aquaculture sub-sector, to include, among other things: the adoption of strategies incorporating the organisation of fish farmers using clustering and other approaches; development and implementation of effective marketing and promotion strategies; ensuring the continuous development of fish farmers and reshaping of farming practices through training programmes; and introducing appropriate technology and fish varieties for production.

Source: Jamaica Information Service