Uruguayan president Jose Mujica. (Photo: presidencia.gub.uy/Stock File)
Uruguay joins Network of Aquaculture of the Americas
Friday, October 01, 2010, 01:10 (GMT + 9)
The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, has authorised the country's entrance into the Network of Aquaculture of the Americas (RAA). This organization was created last March with the aim of promoting sustainable development of aquaculture in numerous countries across the region, encouraging cooperation and also fostering intergovernmental food security and combating poverty.
Mujica signed the document - which allows for Uruguay to participate in the RAA - along with Foreign Minister Luis Almagro and holders of the Ministries of Economy and Finance, Fernando Lorenzo, and of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Tabaré Aguerre.
As a member of the RAA, Uruguay will benefit with regards to training, human resources, research development and exchange of information, among other things.
The network will also enable managers and specialists in the field to gain experience in areas such as production technologies, health, safety and regional aspects of the markets economy, indicates the official press release.
The RAA currently consists of the following countries: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, French Guyana, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Haiti and Canada.
The body consists of a Council of Ministers and Secretaries of State from each of the member countries, as well as a Board of representatives from the all the different regions of the Americas.
It also includes a Technical Committee, composed of one expert from each country and an Executive Secretariat.
According to Jose Graziano da Silva, FAO's regional representative, "the creation of the Network is the result of a 34-year effort by the countries of the region and specifically now with the support of FAO and the cooperation of Sur-Sur."
"This is the first initiative by the FAO which is financed through a multi-donor fund in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the main contributors are not developed country," said Graziano da Silva.
The Network advisors are expected to make a diagnosis of Latin American and Caribbean aquaculture, especially on the situation of thousands of farmers with limited resources.
From this analysis, they will implement a program to support aquaculture development and include of small producers.
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By Analia Murias