Minister Crivella anounces the agreement with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. (Photo: MPA)
Technological development in fisheries and aquaculture promoted
Friday, January 18, 2013, 01:20 (GMT + 9)
The heads of the Ministries of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) and Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), Marcelo Crivella and Marco Antonio Raupp, signed an agreement to establish an inter-ministerial committee that will promote technological development actions in fisheries and aquaculture areas.
It is hoped this new body, called Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation in Fisheries and Aquaculture (CTPA), will have a strategic role in the field of fisheries and aquaculture.
Some of the main research lines that the new committee will cover are:
- Genetic improvement;
- Cultivation and management;
- Assessment of fish stocks;
- Slaughter, storage, transportation and marketing of fish.
"Despite having an extensive coastline and the country with more fresh water in the world, our fish production is much smaller than our potential," said Raupp in announcing the signed agreement.
The minister said that scientific knowledge can foster an "improvement in the conditions of production" and "bring more fish to the table of Brazilians".
Meanwhile, Crivella pointed out that new knowledge should promote fish production chain.
"In 20 years, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) developed technologies that made the country one of the biggest meat and grain producers in the world," said the MPA’s head.
He indicated that Brazil ranks 23rd in fish production and exports for a value of USD 230 million per year.
However, for the Fisheries Minister, it is necessary that Brazilian waters were better exploited.
"If we have the largest coast, why has fish to be so expensive?" he wondered, according to Agência Brasil.
Crivella mentioned tilapia, a fish that is bred in captivity in countries with high technology.
"There are technologies with which tilapia consumes a kilo of feed to gain a kilo in three months. If we succeed in developing a tilapia in our waters with that genetic pattern, with this technological advancement, we’ll certainly have the 'water chicken," he added.
Last year, the Brazilian government launched the Harvest Plan for Fisheries and Aquaculture, in order to stimulate fish production.
By Analia Murias