Pirarucu farming and harvesting processes. (Photo: SEAGRI)
Pirarucu production chain to be consolidated
Thursday, July 19, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Support Service for Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae) is addressing the second stage of a project designed to strengthen the production chain of paiche or pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) in the Amazon region. It is expected that this phase extends through late 2014.
The transformation of the resource, belonging to an endangered species, to the current status as an income and job generating one in this region of Brazil, began in 2007.
For those scientists of Sebrae who initiated Pirarucu Structuring Project of Amazonia seven years ago, their first challenge was to achieve the reproduction and feeding of this fish in captivity.
Sebrae managers and administrators discussed the strategies to strengthen the production chain of pirarucu last week in the seven states in the north region – Amazonas, Acre, Amapá, Rondônia, Roraima, Pará and Tocantins.
The participants identified several stimulus measures, such as increased production and organization of the production chain.
Sebrae will also participate in the creation of the Amazon Seal, which will certify the origin of pirarucu and it will be validated by the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).
"We will structure the production chain according to environmental management and policy, the reduction of the tax burden for production and the transfer of technology for breeding and fattening," explained the national coordinator of the Project, Newman Costa.
The regional coordinator of the initiative, João Machado Neto, said that during this second phase the research on breeding, fattening, health and maintenance of schools in captivity will be deepened.
To achieve this goal, Sebrae will sign an agreement with the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) and the National Institute of Amazon Research (INPA).
"The breeding, rearing and fattening processes in captivity will reduce pressure on natural shoals. What is good due to the fact that the fish is at risk of disappearing," Machado Neto stressed.
Luis Carlos Paiva, administrative and financial director of Sebrae in Acre, ensured they already have "good scientific, technical and market knowledge, and that will consolidate pirarucu production chain in the north."
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