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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Aquaculture sector gets financial boost from EU

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica Paola Amadei wants real results from the USD 10 million EU-funded project to revive Jamaica's aquaculture industry. Jamaica has received the EUR 30 million ACP Fish II Programme funded by the EU to boost fisheries management, improve food security and alleviate poverty in 78 ACP countries.  The award comes as the fish farming sector is experiencing rough times: the local industry is seeing a drastic decline in aquaculture products, with 1,149 tonnes in 2011 compared to the 2006 high of 8,019 tonnes. Roger Clarke, minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, assured that the government would increase its efforts to resuscitate the industry.
Clarke insisted that the funding from international donors would be used for aquaculture to help create food security and jobs, import substitution and save foreign exchange. These goals will be achieved through a "complete revolution" of the aquaculture sub-sector. This will include 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: FIS