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Government to Encourage Technical Development in Fisheries, Aquaculture

22 January 2013

BRAZIL- The ministers Marcelo Crivella, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Marco Antonio Raupp, Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), signed an Interministerial Technical Committee which aims to promote technological development in fisheries and aquaculture.

The ministers said the Commission should take a strategic role for the national fisheries and aquaculture sector. The research agenda is extensive and involves breeding, cultivation and management, equipment, feed, assessment of fish stocks, bioeconomy, fish processing, storage, transportation and marketing.

"Despite having an extensive coastline and the most freshwater in the world, we still have a fishery production far below our potential," said minister Raupp.

Scientific knowledge may favor the "improvement of production" and "put more fish on the Brazilian table." The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation noted that the partnership also involves the application of resources of MCTI in addition to funding from the MPA, for research projects in the area.

The minister believes that Crivella findings should strengthen the supply chain for fish.

"In 20 years, Embrapa Tropical developed technologies that have made the country one of the world's largest producers of meat and grains," he said, believing that a similar development, with the support of MCTI, should happen to the fishery sector. With better technology and by being better adapted to the conditions and Brazilian species, the country can meet domestic demand and become a platform for exports of fish.

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