oyster farming in Alagoas. (Photo: AECID)
Oyster farmers’ prospects widened by treatment plant
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 15:50 (GMT + 9)
The arrival of new materials, equipment and technical assistance will facilitate the production of about 200,000 oysters next year in the treatment plant located in Coruripe municipality in Alagoas.
This was anticipated by Ricardo Nonô, oceanologist and superintendent of the State Secretariat for fishing and aquaculture (Sepaq).
"When the treatment plant works at full capacity, we will join food quality and safety in addition to adding value to the product," says Nonô.
Thanks to the technical innovations announced, the mollusc formal marketing in this state of northeastern Brazil will benefit about 150 families.
The experience of the Support Service to Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae) was essential for the development of the oyster production chain in Alagoas.
Furthermore, the contribution of local prefectures allowed a greater availability of labor and support for the installation of the equipment, reported Agência Alagoas.
On the other hand, the School of Nutrition from the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) will continue reviewing the oysters every month to determine if they are fit for human consumption.
Nonô also said that a study is conducted to make projects viable with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) in relation to oyster farming and investment in new technologies for increasing this mollusc production.
The state of Alagoas is establishing itself as a regional reference in the field of aquaculture. In this context, last month it hosted Alagoano Fish Farming Seminar V and Alagoano Mariculture Workshop VI, which are events attended by aquaculture farmers, entrepreneurs and technicians from Alagoas, Bahia, Pernambuco, Paraíba, Piauí, Sergipe and Minas Gerais, Correio do Povo reported.
Some of the topics covered in the two seminars were the creation of aquaculture districts in the valley of São Francisco, the use of alternative ingredients in fish feed production and the economic viability of native species farming in São Francisco River Basin.
By Analia Murias