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Aquaculture to boost economy, food security

  The Ministry of Fisheries is planning to seriously shift its focus on aquaculture which it believes will benefit Fiji’s economy and food security. Aquaculture is the breeding, raising, and
21 Jan 2019 18:31
Aquaculture to boost economy, food security
Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau.

 

The Ministry of Fisheries is planning to seriously shift its focus on aquaculture which it believes will benefit Fiji’s economy and food security.

Aquaculture is the breeding, raising, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants. Basically, it’s farming in fresh or salt water.

Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said Fiji imported about $25 million worth of seafood from Asian countries annually.

“Our second programme is to provide emphasis on aquaculture. Basically, breeding fish, prawns and shrimps within Viti Levu and Vanua Levu will generate a lot of money,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“If we can have this running efficiently, it will benefit us by reducing our foreign exchange spent on importing these products.”

Mr Koroilavesau said Fiji could one day be exporters of these seafood and freshwater products.

“So, if we are able to sustain and produce our own food and have excess then we can also export around the other Pacific islands,” he said.

 

The main benefits to be derived from aquaculture are:

  • The increased production of food for human consumption;
  • The opening of commercially viable business opportunities;
  • The creation of employment, especially in rural areas;
  • Increased national exports; and
  • The substitution of imports by local production.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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