Rio Grande do Norte has a great potential for oyster farming. (Photo: Edison Barbieri, pesca.sp.gov.b)
Rio Grande do Norte has potential to farm oysters and mussels
Thursday, June 09, 2011, 16:40 (GMT + 9)
In addition to shrimp farming, a traditional activity in Rio Grande do Norte, this state has a great potential to farm oysters and mussels. This is what the head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ideli Salvatti, explained during the 8th National Shrimp Fair (Fenacam).
The minister predicted that Rio Grande do Norte may be one of the seven Brazilian states that in 2012 will receive an Aquatic Park, the same as the one being built in Santa Catarina, which will benefit over 2,000 families.
The federal government plans to extend the support of the coastal projects to inland towns, such as tilapia farming in the reservoirs of this state.
Salvatti flew over the medium and large scale shrimp farming areas and promised the governor, Rosalba Ciarlini, more investment in the shrimp sector.
The minister will remain in Natal and will participate in the activities of the Fair, in which one of the topics discussed was the sustainable development of shrimp farming industry.
"Can we increase shrimp production in a decade in a responsible way?" asked George Chamberlain, international lecturer in Fenacam, Tribuna do Norte reported.
"The development of crustacean genetics makes it possible to produce more in less time. If the production takes 100 days and the businessperson manages to get the same production in 70 days, it will be possible to spend less energy and to reduce production costs and the environmental impact," the expert stated.
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By Analia Murias