August 9, 2022


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Agriculture minister calls on fish farmers to undertake new technology into farming

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Eco-friendly, is contacting on fish farmers to infuse new engineering into fish farming while noting that with the improved desire for tilapia there are remarkable prospects out there for diversification by fisherfolk into aquaculture.&#13

Pointing out that aquaculture is one of the swiftest-increasing fields in agriculture in the environment, Minister Inexperienced explained that Jamaica are not able to pay for to be left powering.

He was speaking in the course of a tour of Longville Park Farm in Clarendon on December 28, exactly where he noticed tilapia farming being accomplished by Donnie Bunting.

In praising Bunting for his scientific method to refreshing-water farming, Environmentally friendly said he desired other areas of Jamaica to embrace the investigate and know-how used by Bunting in relation to tilapia and called on the Nationwide Fisheries Authority (NFA) to give the needed technological support to farmers performing in collaboration with Bunting.

“We want to engage much more farmers to see what is probable,” explained Eco-friendly, who urged the NFA to coordinate tours to the farm as portion of the ministry’s efforts to market aquaculture.

“There was a time that we ended up the pioneers in the Caribbean and once again, however, we have fallen guiding, but the very good matter is that we can get back again there,” he said.

In keeping with the enhanced emphasis on aquaculture, Eco-friendly claimed the ministry will be spearheading the charge in selling improved consumption of tilapia to fill the desire as very well as tapping into export market as a result of a community instruction marketing campaign to be released in 2021.

Moreover, he said the ministry will be growing its hatchery, doing the job in collaboration with Bunting in terms of the genetic do the job that he has completed, to assure the suitable brood stock is delivered.

For his aspect, Bunting revealed that due to the fact the start off of the calendar year, there has been a extraordinary maximize in demand for tilapia regionally. The ministry stated the skill to offer the marketplace, however, has been hampered by the nine-month crop cycle, the prolonged process to raise brood stock figures and outdated farming techniques utilized by some farmers that do not maximise productivity levels.

“Most fish farms work at the semi-intensive production level, and Longville Park Farm has now transitioned to the intense level,” he reported.

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