Produce chief Jose Gonzales presenting the PNDA. (Photo: Produce)
Ten-year sustainable aquaculture plan unveiled
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 02:30 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Production (Produce) presented the National Plan of Aquaculture Development (PNDA), with which it seeks to garner momentum for the aquaculture industry, taking advantage of its huge potential domestically.
The head of Produce, Jose Gonzales, explained that this initiative aims to look for the sustainable development of aquaculture during the period between 2010 and 2021.
The Plan includes several concrete proposals set mainly for implementation from this year to 2015.
The PNDA also points to:
- Increase the quality, productivity and commercialised volume of aquaculture production at the national and international level;
- Raise private investment in aquaculture;
- Favour the national production of raw materials for aquaculture;
- Develop services of education, training and technical assistance for production and commercialisation;
- Pursue the development of sanitary control services for aquaculture production and commercialisation;
- Harness research, adaptation and technological transfer in aquaculture matters.
“At the same time, we will look to mount an organisational structure and adequate human capacities for the effective elaboration, implementation and evaluation of the policies and instruments of aquaculture promotion. As well as to optimally obtain and use financial resources for the promotion of this sector,” Gonzales told Andina.
Produce estimates that several goals will be able to be reached in five years, like for example increasing the volume of the aquaculture harvest between 95,000 to 110,000 tonnes and elevating exports between 25,000 and 27,000 tonnes.
In addition, it projects that the value of exports could grow between USD 170 million and USD 186 million, with aquaculture product consumption per capita reaching between 0.86 and 0.94 kg.
The idea is that private investment rise by 50 per cent and that, at the same time, research programmes be promoted.
Produce is already developing a series of actions, with the support of public and private entities and regional governments, to achieve the objectives in the short term.
“The action proposals contain objectives and activities, as well as players, implementation times, approximate costs, funding sources and more points,” the minister added.
The Plan was authored by Produce after consulting the opinion of different public entities, regional governments, the private sector and other users of aquaculture, with the support of United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción