MEXICO - Aquaculture production in Mexico grew 32.2 per cent in 2014, mainly through species such as tilapia, trout, oysters, carp and shrimp.
Production grew from just over 245 million tonnes in 2013 to 325 million tonnes in 2014, according to data reported during the first regular session in 2015 of the Technical Council of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA).
At the meeting, it was noted that national fisheries and aquaculture production in 2014 amounted to over 751 million tonnes of species from all waters.
Undersecretary of Rural Development at the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Juan Manuel Verdugo Rosas, said that the correct application of public policies for development and sustainable growth in the fisheries and aquaculture sector has helped to achieve tangible and measurable achievements.
For his part, the deputy chairman of SAGARPA Hector Rene Garcia Quinones said that almost three years of work has positioned the fisheries and aquaculture sector as one of the main growth areas for sustainable development.
He said that improvements in the fishing, agricultural and livestock sectors were made possible in 2014 because SAGARPA institutions were able to integrate a functional and dynamic program structure.
"We currently have 11 programs in the Secretariat, with 63 components, all operating rules and the task of gradually improving processes.
"The big challenge is moving forward more efficiently and do more with less," he said.
The national commissioner of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Mario Aguilar Sánchez, said that between 2012 and 2014, the volume of fisheries and aquaculture production in Mexico had an average growth rate of 1.3 per cent.
Mr Aguilar Sanchez added that he is working on the integration of a new program structure, and reengineering of the Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission to operate more efficiently with zero-based budgeting, starting next year.
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