At a forum, the Angolan minister Vitória de Barros highlighted the importance of promoting developing aquaculture en the region. (Photo: Stock File)
Subprogramme defined to promote aquaculture
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 03:20 (GMT + 9)
The Angolan Ministry of Fisheries has designed a subprogramme to develop aquaculture and counteract the marine fish stock depletion, which has been recorded for several years.
This was announced by the Minister Vitória de Barros at the opening of the second meeting of the Group for the Creation of the Strategy Aquaculture Development in the region of the Southern African Countries Community (SADC), which is held up to this Wednesday in Luanda.
According to the minister, the subprogramme includes projects on fish farming experimental station construction, incubation centres for the production of marine and freshwater species, and feed mills and community aquaculture development.
De Barros also expressed her belief that the "valuable contributions" of member countries of the organization will enrich all aspects to be discussed at the meeting. And she emphasized they will be helpful as a basis for the guidelines to be proposed to the leaders of the respective countries to approve, in due time, the Strategy for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in the region.
This Strategy aims to increase and contribute to aquaculture in order to ensure regional economic growth and promote trade within and outside the SADC region.
During the first meeting, which was held in Namibia, the objectives and principles were defined.
The Angolan minister stressed that in some nations of the southern community aquaculture has already been developed, the agency Lusa reported. And she said that once the Strategy is established, all the Member States may "take advantage of the existing potential of natural resources and explore them in a sustainable manner" in order to ensure food security, poverty reduction, and job and income creation for the population.
SADC member countries are Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi and Seychelles.
By Analia Murias