Ideli Salvatti, head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture. (Photo: MPA)
Amazon region’s six-fold increase in fish production
Friday, May 27, 2011, 19:50 (GMT + 9)
The head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), Ideli Salvatti, predicts that in five years, the Amazon region could experience a six-fold increase in the national fish production.
As part of a hearing of the Amazon Region Committee, National Integration and Regional Development, the Minister outlined various investment proposals in the fishery and aquaculture areas in the Amazon region.
There, Salvatti said that the Amazon region has the potential to increase the national fish production from 1.5 million to 7.5 million tonnes per year by 2016.
This region in Brazil accounts for 5 per cent of the world's land area, 33 per cent of the tropical forest area and 8.5 per cent of the world's fresh water, the Agency Cámara de Noticias reported.
"With 7 per cent of fresh water, China is now the world’s largest fish producer with 60 million tonnes per year," said the Brazilian minister.
Today, Brazil occupies the position 21 in the world ranking of fishery production, behind Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Iceland, Peru and Chile.
"It is incomprehensible that aquaculture is not the driving force of the Amazonian economy," said the minister, because the Amazon region has a favorable climate and the planet's largest biodiversity, among other features.
Salvatti considers that to secure an increase in the volume of fish in the region, it will be necessary to implement an adequate infrastructure for the smooth operation of supply chains: research in nutrition, reproduction, genetic improvement, handling, vaccination, fish factory installation, ice makers and ration productions, among others.
On the other hand, the State Secretary for Rural Production (Sepror), Eron Bezerra, plans to create five fish farming centers in the Amazon region of Brazil for fry production, processing and marketing.
The officer made the announcement after a meeting with Salvatti, representatives of the National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) and the secretaries of Agriculture in Amazonia, in which possible ways to promote aquaculture development in the area were discussed.
"One of our goals is social inclusion, generating employment and income. We are concerned about production and industrialization," said the minister.
- The Amazon will have five fish farming centres
By Analia Murias