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Aqua Vet Services Get $9 Million to Uphold EU Credentials

KINGSTON - Jamaica's Ministry of Agriculture's Veterinary Services Division has been allocated $34.4 million in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure, that's now before the House of Representatives.

The sum comprises $14.4 million for strengthening the surveillance and prevention programme for avian influenza; $20 million for the maintenance of buildings and equipment, but the Fishery Inspection Monitoring and Certificate Programme will get just over $9 million.

Jamaica has been approved by the European Union (EU) as one of the countries from which fishery products, mainly marine gastropods, conch, lobster, and tilapia, can be imported into the EU market. The Veterinary Services Division is therefore, embarking on a programme to ensure that the standards being applied in Jamaica are equivalent to the EU standards. Areas to be addressed are:
  • Legislation and official controls
  • Conch sampling/testing
  • Potable drinking water testing
  • Laboratory testing of marine gastropods
  • Re-classification and monitoring of Pedro Banks (conch harvesting zones)
  • Laboratory testing and analysis of fishery products
  • Residue monitoring programme for tilapia
  • Training of Veterinary Services Division personnel

Further Reading

- To read our previous report on Jamaican aquaculture click here.

Ellen Hardy

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