Pirarucu or paiche, Arapaima gigas. (Photo: Stock File)
Paiche farming advances in Rondônia
Friday, January 10, 2014, 04:20 (GMT + 9)
A company specializing in the breeding and processing of native species like pirarucu or paiche (Arapaima gigas), is planning to install its third processing plant this year in the country, specifically in the town of Cacoal in Rondônia.
The paiche is considered one of the tastiest fish in Brazil and is now produced in hatcheries. This helps to reduce the pressure of predatory fishing, DCI reported.
This fish from the Amazon basin grows to more than 3 metres long and weighs up to 250 kg.
The objective of the Brazilian company Mar & Terra is better supply the domestic market, and export with environmental license.
The company invested in the new plant design BRL 100,000 (USD 42,000) and estimates its final cost is BRL 15 million (USD 6.3 million).
The firm executives expect to generate about 150 direct jobs and more than 1,500 indirect jobs related with the producers.
The farming enterprise weekly exports a tonne of pirarucu to the United States, Germany and Switzerland. It processes each month about 30 tonnes of paiche produced in the state of Rondônia at its plant in Itaporã (Mato Grosso).
All exported fillets come from producers with environmental license and matrices with electronic chips.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae) has published two manuals on the cultivation of this resource.
One of them deals with the production and the other refers to the reproduction of the species, which is also known as 'Brazilian cod'.
According to Newman da Costa, National Sebrae Agribusiness Unit analyst and coordinator of Amazonian Pirarucu Structuring Project, the idea is to “strengthen the brand 'Amazonian Pirarucu' as a differentiating and enhancement factor for the Amazon region."
For his part, Sebrae Director of Administration and Finance in Rondônia, Osvino Juraszek, stressed that farming pirarucu is ecologically correct and feasible from an economic point of view, as it is a high quality product.
"Farming Pirarucu is more profitable than catching it," the official said.
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By Analia Murias