The Argentinian government has drawn up plans to work with China in order to develop its own aquaculture – and potentially aquafeed – sectors.
The details of the agreement were discussed last week by the Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Carlos Liberman, together with his counterpart from the Foreign Ministry, Pablo Sívori, and the National Director of Aquaculture, Guillermo Abdala Bertiche, alongside the Argentine Ambassador to China, Sabino Vaca Narvaja.
meeting, according to Noticias Financieras, Liberman said that
Argentina: "…seeks to launch a series of initiatives aimed at
strengthening the capacities and competencies of this sector, through concrete
bilateral actions, focused on increasing production and at the same time that
this design is subscribed with respect and intelligent use of the environment
and aquatic and hydrobiological resources".
Meanwhile, Abdala Bertiche reported that "thanks to the articulation with the Foreign Ministry and the Argentine Embassy in China, a further step is consolidated in the development of a national Argentine cluster for aquaculture production and marketing, with projects designed and adapted to all stages of development of the different national productions, taking advantage of the enormous competitive advantages that our country has".
Similarly, the Argentine ambassador stressed: "Argentina has great potential to develop and sell balanced feed for the Chinese aquaculture industry."
They agreed that Argentina will be attending the next International Aquaculture Exhibition, which will be held in Guangzhou, China, between 24 and 26 September. Moreover, they pledged to soon announce details of a new National Program for the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture will soon be announced.