Pangasius hypophthalmus. (Photo: Melanochromis)
Huila commits to pangasius farming
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
The Technology Development Center (Acuapez) asked the National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) a license authorizing the start of pangasius (Pangasius hypophthalmus) production in Huila waters.
According Marnie Conde, manager of Acuapez, the environmental impact study has already been submitted to the Authority in order to obtain the authorization to farm this species, after several years of research, La Nacion reported.
"Acuapez has been working with the Technology Development Centre to look at the possibility that producers can work with new species in Huila," said the executive.
This fish, native to Asia, has a "broad global recognition and has a very competitive market," added Conde.
The environmental impact study gathered all results of the research conducted in Huila, to demonstrate the feasibility of introducing the pangasius in the regional market.
"The corporation has been working since 2009, putting forward before the competent entities the project 'Evaluation of the biological conditions, environmental and production impacts of the Introduction of Pangasius Hypophthalmus for on land pond farming system in Huila Department', for which information was requested from the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Development of all the processes required for the viability of this project," said Conde.
For the experts, the cultivation of this resource could triple the output of the aquaculture industry in Huila.
According to a report by the Technical Secretariat of Department Fish Farming Chain, Huila continues to lead the national aquaculture production, with 51 per cent market share.
Further back are located Meta (23 per cent), Antioquia (8 per cent), Cauca (2 per cent), Santander (2 per cent), Boyacá (2 per cent), Cordoba (2 per cent), and others (10 per cent).
"The procedure is that the National Authority for Fisheries and Aquaculture is working closely with the Aquaculture Farmers' Federation and the Ministry of Environment for the delivery of all the relevant documentation, in which the authorization to perform this activity was requested to ANLA," said the manager of Acuapez.
The National Environmental Licensing Authority has 60 days to respond and report the steps to follow in case any procedure had to be changed.
If approval is obtained, Acuapez already has a farm fully conditioned to start pangasius production in Huila.
By Analia Murias