José Domingos Fraga Filho, Secretary of Rural Development and Family Agriculture. (Photo: Stock File)
Mato Grosso, with potential to be great fish producer
Thursday, March 01, 2012, 16:20 (GMT + 9)
The Secretary of Rural Development and Family Agriculture (SEDRAF), José Domingos Fraga Filho said that the state of Mato Grosso "is quite promising and should be one of the largest producers of freshwater fish in Brazil in the coming years."
Fish is a big business that can be exploited in Mato Grosso, the official said, during the delivery of one million fingerlings of tambaqui, tambacu and tambatinga to 15 inter- municipal consortia that include 141 municipalities in the state.
Today, this area leads the ranking of native fish production, with about 36,000 tonnes per year.
Likewise, Mato Grosso is the fifth Brazilian state in the production of freshwater fish, Só Notícias reported.
The secretary stressed that the development and strengthening of the productive chain of fish that SEDRAF develops is possible thanks to the "joining of forces and the association of municipalities and municipal consortia."
"This fry delivery initiative aims at boosting production and marketing of fish", he said.
Mato Grosso now has three fish processing plants certified by the Federal Inspection Service (SIF): Native (Sorriso), Irineu de Carvalho (Nova Olimpia) and Casa do Peixe (Nossa Senhora do Livramento), and Frigo Pesca cold store (Nossa Senhora do Livramento).
In addition, the Cooperative Corimbatá (Várzea Grande) is in the course of reactivating the processing plant and has the certification of the State Inspection Service (SSIS).
Fish farming is one of the most profitable chains, so it is important to invest in that niche market to supply the daily diet of families and increase revenue.
"We must seize opportunities to develop the productive chain of fish farming and diversify production," said Poxoréu Mayor, Ronan Figueiredo.
By Analia Murias