Fisheries minister Marcelo Crivella intends to offer further support to the aquaculture sector. (Photo: Antonio Cruz/ABr)
Cooperation pact to further develop aquaculture and fisheries
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) and the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae) signed a cooperation agreement to implement programmes and projects for training fishermen and farmers.
The main objective of the agreement, signed by Minister Marcelo Crivella and Sebrae President, Luiz Eduardo Barretto Filho, is to promote technological innovation in the sector, both in the marine and continental environment.
Furthermore, it will encourage the development of research, courses and seminars.
Crivella expects the pact to contribute to the growth of Brazilian fish production as domestic aquaculture is "really recent" and producers are struggling to expand their businesses.
"We want to ensure better management advice, especially small farmers," said the minister.
Besides, Barretto explained that the Sebrae will also work on the technical and cultural aspects, since Brazilian citizens have the habit of eating beef.
"We are going to develop strong projects in schools, taking quality products," stated the president of Sebrae. "We need to change children’s culture in our country. I confirm that people can learn how to use other types of meat during childhood," he added.
Barretto also claimed the company aims to strengthen the enterprise management.
Sebrae and MPA committed to working together to encourage:
- The territorial development;
- Food security and nutrition;
- The economic organization of aquaculture and fisheries;
- The productive chain of ornamental aquatic organisms;
- Institutional and school feeding markets;
- The spread of credit lines of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Harvest Plan.
By Analia Murias