April 2, 2015

 

Brazil aims for two million tonnes of aquaculture output by 2020

 

 

Brazil hopes to raise its aquaculture output to two million tonnes by 2020, a volume that rises from its current 480,000 tonnes.

 

The country also intends to regulate production in hydroelectric reservoirs including those in Tucurui and Itaipu, according to Helder Barbalho, the Brazilian minister of fisheries and aquaculture, who highlighted the importance of gaining support from some states.

 

Reaching the production goal will require surmounting hurdles in the form of environmental management permits, licensing and land regularisation, the minister added.

 

Presently, Brazil is eager to promote international sales of paiche, a fish native to the Amazon and Essequibo basins of South America. Production of the species is increasing in the northern region, said Acir Gurgacz, the chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (CRA).

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