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Technicians Trained in White Shrimp Disease Prevention

8 June 2012, at 1:00am

HONDURAS - The second course for Theory and Practice of Pathology and Immunology Update on White Shrimp, which aimed to increase the knowledge of people working in the laboratories of both private companies and in the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA ), in order to improve disease identification and strengthen business, was conducted successfully.

The workshop was coordinated by the International Regional Organisation for Agricultural Health (Oirsa), in conjunction with SENASA of the Ministry of Agriculture and representatives of the shrimp industry in Honduras.

"This workshop had the presence of experts from several countries for the purpose of training all staff working in laboratories to be able to diagnose diseases affecting shrimp," said Heriberto Amador, President of SENASA.

He said that this will lead to improved food security in the country and it represents a credible insurance scheme in order to market aquaculture products.

"The role of SENASA in the inspection of plants is a regionalised oversight, this is done in an integrated manner so as to consolidate the system of safety for the consumer product and that it is of quality".

At the event, attended by official representatives of each of the member countries of OIRSA, the idea is that in the future the pathology laboratory Senasa in Choluteca will act as a reference for diagnosis of diseases of other countries in the region.

Meanwhile Maria Soledad Morales Escobar Mexican expert, said that: "We come as a speaker on the health of aquatic organisms to share technical knowledge to diagnose diseases in white shrimp."

The presentations were given by specialists from Mexico, Brazil and Panama, and the intention is that every six months, the same group of 58 people who have been trained will meet to share knowledge," expressed Strengthening Laboratories Oirsa Director, Guillermo Cruz.

Among the participating companies were Marine Farms, Nova Honduras, Grupo Litoral and Deli Group.

Executive Director of the Association of Honduras National Aquaculture (Andah), Ricardo Gomes Portillo, steted that this course has done much to help the shrimp industry as it has improved the ability to identify problems in aquaculture.

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