MPA head Ideli Salvatti in a meeting with representatives from BNDES discussing the aquaculture proposal. (Photo:MPA)
Aquaculture development viable in the Amazon, according to BNDES
Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
A study by the National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) determined that fishing and fish farming in the Amazon region of Brazil are activities with social and economic viability.
"Fishing is attracting a strong and competitive sector besides including small producers. It generates employment and income, and it is an efficient activity," expressed the coordinator of the Department of Government Relations of BNDES, Victor Alexander Contarato Burns.
With the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) and representatives of nine Brazilian states, the Bank authorities discussed a project to increase fish farming in the Amazon region.
For MPA head, Ideli Salvatti, fish farming is an environmentally sustainable activity because it is possible to raise tonnes of fish without cutting down a single tree.
"To produce 200 kg of beef, a hectare must be cleaned. While on one hectare of water, several tonnes of fish can be farmed," explained the minister.
Currently, the national fish farming sector output amounts to 1.2 million tonnes.
"With 1 per cent of the surface of water that is now the Amazon region, about 7.5 million tonnes of fish could be produced," stated Salvatti.
She stressed the importance of working together, "Through integrated action, involving all the people and the governments in the Amazon region, we are going to arrange the production chain and increase the domestic output."
By Analia Murias