The minister of fisheries, Marcelo Crivella, leads the Brazilian mission to Israel. (Photo: FIS Stock)
Aquaculture technology transfer from Israel to be promoted
Monday, June 10, 2013, 00:10 (GMT + 9)
One mission of entrepreneurs, technicians and parliamentarians from Brazil will visit Israel with the aim of promoting the transfer of techniques contributing to make this country one of the world leaders in fishing and farming productivity under extreme conditions.
This international mission is coordinated by the head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) in Brazil, Marcelo Crivella.
Aquaculture is considered an alternative to prevent overfishing and Brazil is one of the places with the greatest potential to develop this activity.
With the use of only 0.5 per cent of its water bodies of lakes and reservoirs, the country could produce more than 20 million tonnes of fish per year, according to the MPA.
Currently, the country produces about 500,000 tonnes of fish, and one of their biggest challenges is the production technology.
As an example, the MPA emphasizes that the tilapia raised in Israel fattens faster and has more fillets than that raised in Brazil.
The mission programme begins this Sunday with a visit to the Centre for High Technology in Seaweed Production, where research is being carried out on the production of fish vaccines in Rehovot.
Then the Brazilian delegation is to visit a farm raising trout and sturgeon used for caviar production, in Vale of Beit-Shean.
On the third day, the delegation is observing the production in cages in the Mediterranean Sea, and later they are visit the Aquaculture Research Station Dor, in Moshav Dor. In addition, they are to visit the Fish Breeding Centre Dagon, in Kibbutz Maagan Michael.
By Analia Murias