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Mozambique Turns to Aquaculture to Replace Imports

by Ellen Hardy
11 June 2008, at 1:00am

MOZAMBIQUE - The Mozambique government is to increase aquaculture production in a bid to offset imports of 54,000 tonnes of fish each year.

The Council of Ministers is to create the National Institute for Development of Aquaculture (Inaqua), which will be responsible for promotion, extension, management and administration of aquaculture, according to the government spokesman Luís Covane.

Mozambique has around 258,000 hectares for development of aquaculture in the interior, and 33,000 beside the sea, under 10 per cent of which is currently in use, as well as 2,700 kilometres of coastline.

According to the Chinese official economic reporting service Macauhub, the Mozambique Council of Ministers believes it unacceptable that Mozambique should continue to import fish in such quantities, and a more ambitious attitude is needed for the deficit to be reduced.

Ellen Hardy