Farmed fish harvest. (Photo: Divulgacao/secom.to.gov.br)
Deputy defends continuity of the Ministry of Fisheries
Monday, November 28, 2011, 05:50 (GMT + 9)
Amid rumors about the possible abolition of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), federal deputy Ângelo Agnolin defended the continuity of this ministerial rank in the Executive portfolio as a vital condition for the development of aquaculture in Brazil.
According to the legislator, the current situation demands investment and the continuity of the Ministry is essential to boost them.
"The growing Brazilian aquaculture industry needs to continue promoting social inclusion, respect the environment and ensure the country's socioeconomic development," said Agnolin.
The deputy emphasized that Brazil has magnificent water resources: fresh water reserves represent 12 per cent of the sources of the world and has more than 8,500 kilometers of coastline.
"In Tocantins, for example, the hydroelectric plant lake in Lajeado is ideal for installing aquaculture parks and needs to receive greater attention," he added.
Agnolin recalled that he has recently asked MPA head, Luiz Sérgio, to diligently address the environmental licensing process and the establishment of aquaculture parks in Tocantins.
For the deputy, the national fishery should be valued.
"It's time to unlock everything that hinders farmers’ work, to enhance our water resources, multiply the sector development, giving greater attention to the qualification of our producers apart from more credits, more research grants," he said.
When asked about the possibility that the Ministry once more becomes a national secretariat, the legislator was categorical: "We need to accelerate the boat and work hard to increase the production of this protein that is really healthy for Brazilians and for Brazil," he reported on his personal website.
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