Shrimp farming. (Photo: Cosaes)
Inter-institutional group proposed to address fish farm issues
Monday, September 16, 2013, 01:20 (GMT + 9)
The head of the Aquaculture and Fisheries National Commission (Conapesca), Mario Aguilar Sanchez, has just proposed the creation of an inter-institutional group integrating producers and authorities from Sinaloa, Sonora and Nayarit. The goal is to achieve the articulation of the parties involved to better address diseases in shrimp farms.
This was stated by the official after meeting with the governor of Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez; the chief of the National Agri-food Health, Safety and Quality Service (Senasica), Enrique Sanchez Cruz ; the chief director of the National Fisheries Institute (Inapesca), Raul Romo Trujillo; Health Committee representatives from Sinaloa and Aquaculture entrepreneurs.
Aguilar Sanchez highlighted that the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa), Enrique Martinez y Martinez instructed Conapesca, Senasica and Inapesca so that from the beginning of the contingency in fish farms they can see to the issue holistically.
Therefore, he considers that the group must also include producers and authorities from Sonora and Nayarit.
"It is a group that involves all of us that are here because due to the characteristics and dynamics of this problem we must include other states because it is possible and probable that they may be affected by it," explained the head of Conapesca.
"Now we have this situation. Before we had the white spot issue, and unfortunately we will have other problems because they come together with productivity, as we develop, we will be exposed to this," continued Aguilar Sánchez.
For his part, the governor of Sinaloa reiterated the support for aquaculture producers for the sector to meet this problem. Furthermore, he said that next week MXN 8.6 million (USD 657,600) will be invested in the aquatic health programme.
Meanwhile, Sanchez Cruz emphasized that the federal government has invested about MXN 17 million (USD 1.3 million) for the development of the diagnosis of diseases in the farms. That task was started last May, when a report on the unusual death of shrimp in aquaculture farms in Sonora, Sinaloa and Nayarit was received.
And Romo Trujillo said that soon MXN 1 million (USD 76,500) will be invested in the Centre for Food Research and Development (CIAD) in order to support the research work being carried out by producers, Conapesca reported.
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