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Investments Expand Fisheries Sector

25 November 2009

BRAZIL - A cooperation agreement to stimulate growth in the fisheries sector has been signed by the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries and the Federal District Government (GDF).

According to the primary objective of the agreement is to transform the Centre for Technology in Fish Farming (CTP) of Ipê's Model Farm, connected to the Secretariat of Agriculture, into a focal point for the sector, not only for the mid-western region, but for the entire country.

The agreement was signed during the inauguration of a new fish breeding system with water recirculation, made up of seven tanks of varying sizes and a capacity of 80,000 litres. 

Those who signed the agreement were the secretary of Agriculture, Wilmar Luis da Silva, representing governor José Roberto Arruda, and the executive secretary of the Ministry if Aquaculture and Fisheries, Dirceu Lopes, representing the minister Altemir Gregolin. Also assisting were local authorities, technicians and agricultural producers.

“The increase in fish production in the Federal District and in the Integrated Region of Expansion of The Federal District and Surroundings (RIDE) is owed to the investments carried-out in the CTP,” said Ms Luis da Silva.

Mr Lopes also maintained that “the breeding and production of fish will be the largest component of Brazil's gross domestic product.”

The R$465,000 (real) ($297,000) for the expansion of the CTP and the acquisition of new vehicles were contributed following an agreement signed in 2007 between the Ministry of Aquaculture and the GDF.

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