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Tilapia Initiative Welcomed

by Ellen Hardy
25 February 2008, at 12:00am

TRINIDAD - The development of a tilapia farm in El Socorro means citizens can expect to pay less for fish, says Arnold Piggott, Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Marine Affairs.

According to the Trinidad and Tobago Express, Piggott, said that given the high price of fish on the market, the Government welcomed the tilapia farming initiative, which would be developed with a view to providing a cheaper alternative to consumers.

While touring the proposed site of a proposed tilapia farm in El Socorro, San Juan last week, he said the farmed species offered a cheaper source of protein supply.

"In Trinidad and Tobago, where prices are already very high, the tilapia production will obviously assist the Government in its quest to reduce food prices. (Once) we can produce a cheaper form of fish or protein, then we will have cheaper prices on our supermarket shelves. The tilapia fresh water fish is farmed in many countries and can be grown as a single production activity or in integrated agricultural systems with plants and livestock," he added.

Piggott, who was accompanied by the MP for the area, Joseph Ross, said the Government, like the residents in the community, thought it was a good idea to rear tilapia and to develop this production. It would create increased employment opportunities and the Government was committed to providing whatever support, financial or otherwise, to the individual residents who were actively involved in developing the project.

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Ellen Hardy