New Tilapia Hatchery Center in Central Farm Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Hon. Gaspar Vega and H. E. David Wu at ground breaking ceremonyOn Wednesday, July 17th, His Excellency David Wu, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, joined Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture, in Central Farm to break ground on a project for the construction of a Tilapia Hatchery Center.  The center is part of a US.5 million Aquaculture Project that is being financed by the Taiwan Technical Mission in an effort develop the tilapia industry of Belize.

The project was initiated in February 2012 and is being executed over a 5-year span. The Aquaculture Tilapia Hatchery Center will be comprised of eighteen earthened ponds, a reservoir and a sedimentation pond along with twelve nursery tanks and sixteen concrete tanks. The primary objective of the aquaculture project is to produce one million “all male” high quality tilapia fingerlings to assist the development of the on-growing small-scale tilapia farming operations in Belize. Secondly, the project hopes to promote the use of modern tilapia culture technology, increase the annual tilapia production and gradually decrease price in fingerling production. Project coordinators also hope to reduce commercial feed cost by 30 to 35% by using alternative feed. The ultimate goal of the project is to supplement the meat protein intake of families in rural areas through improved tilapia production in the region.

Hon. Gaspar Vega expressed Belize’s gratitude to the Government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their continued support in the agricultural development of Belize.