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Venezuela-Cuba Joint Project to Boost Aquaculture Production

Lucy Towers
10 April 2014, at 1:00am

VENEZUELA - The Venezuelan Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Insopesca), in conjunction with the Corporate Group on the Food Industry (GEIA) of Cuba, will launch a project on the sustainable use of water bodies for aquaculture and fisheries in the country.

The $901,088.89 project was approved at the Fourteenth Joint Commission of Cuba - Venezuela, with the main objective of developing the technical, social and organizational protocols for aquaculture in order to make better use of resources and to strengthen food sovereignty in the country.

"This was a working meeting to clarify issues related to the increase in aquaculture production in Venezuela, focused on increasing the power of the people from the potential of this country," said the Vice President of GEIA, Nelson Arias Moreno, during a visit to the country.

Fingerlings are expected to be planted in water bodies and ponds from May, with species such as tilapia, Claria, black pacu and coporo, which is estimated to obtain a production of 1,000,000 fingerlings per year and produce 24 tons of food annually.