The Republic of China (Taiwan) Donates $651,725 USD to GOB Tilapia Project Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Hon. Gaspar Vega and H.E. David Wu and Presentation of donationOn Tuesday, August 20th the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated 1,725 USD to the Ministry of Agriculture for the GOB-ROC (Taiwan) Aquaculture Project.

The cheque was presented by ROC (Taiwan) Ambassador, His Excellency David Wu, to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Hon. Gaspar Vega. This was the second donation given toward the tilapia project, which is to be a five-year long project that will cost approximately $5 million BZ.

Today’s donation will be used for the construction of a hatchery center for tilapia farming at Central Farm. The project is to provide male tilapia fingerlings to small-scale farmers around the country. Thus far, over 60 farmers have benefitted from the project and the long-term goal is to assist around 200 farmers.

Deputy Prime Minister Vega, speaking on behalf of the Government of Belize and tilapia farmers, expressed his gratitude for the donation as it will enhance the tilapia hatchery and tilapia farming in Belize. His Excellency Ambassador Wu stated that the hope for the centre is to produce one million fingerlings to be supplied to farmers of Belize and produce more of the fish in the future.