Pacu production laboratory. (Photo: Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia Paraguay)
National program created to boost sustainable aquaculture
Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
With the creation of the "National Program for the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture in Paraguay", the Paraguayan Government is committed to aquaculture production in the country, which in a few years has improved the income and living standard of hundreds of rural families.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) emphasizes that the aquaculture sector has sustained support both in resources and in technical training provided by FAO and the Technical Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Aquaculture Network of the Americas, Fundarp , Itaipu Binacional and the Binational Entity of Yacyretá, among other cooperators.
The aquaculture program, created through Resolution MAG No. 282, depends on the Vice Ministry of Livestock and its line of action revolves around the training of families in vulnerable areas of the country in the production of easily managed fish, such as tilapia And pacu, among many others.
The national government declared aquaculture to be of public interest because of the strategic importance it has for the food security of the population, because of the socio-economic and technological benefits derived from them, and because of their geopolitical and genetic importance.
The program seeks to promote responsible management through the provisions that allow the State to encourage and promote the comprehensive development of aquaculture and related activities that ensure the production, conservation, promotion, control, research and responsible and sustainable use of that productive activity.
The program will coordinate the participation of other public sector institutions and entities and private sector organisations, and all MAG units will provide broad support and cooperation for it to be successful.