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Cameroon Invests in Aquaculture

Lucy Towers
18 February 2014, at 12:00am

CAMEROON - Cameroon is looking to produce 100,000 tonnes of fish per year through the development of aquaculture.

According to the Cameroonian Minister of Fisheries, Dr Taïga, the Cameroonian government has just begun building intensive production centers in several regions across the country.

The first of these plants has just been inaugurated in Méyomessala in the South, and will produce 17 tonnes of fish thanks to the construction of modern ponds and the training of young fish farmers by the Ministry of Fisheries, reports Business in Cameroon.

Out of 176,000 tonnes of fish produced in Cameroon annually, only 1,000 originate from aquaculture.

This is only 0.1 per cent of national production. Yet, according to official figures, Cameroon spends close to 100 billion FCfa each year in imports to address the production deficit which is estimated to be 230,000 tonnes.