Tilapia Workshop underway

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016. 8:21 p.m. CST

fishBy Dalila Ical: Last week more than 20 aquaculture producers and others in related professions took part in a “Wonderful Tilapia Farming Workshop” at Independence High School.

The workshop was aimed at “enhancing the tilapia production industry in Belize, to improve the economic condition and nutrition of Belizeans living in rural areas,” stated a release from the government.

The workshop was held on June 8th where participants attended lectures for tilapia farming including “Pond Construction and Planning for Tilapia Cultivation”, “Pond Management for Tilapia Cultivation” and “Marketing & Organization Strategies for Tilapia Cultivation”. They also learned how to measure water quality with the Secchi disk and how to lower their real cost of tilapia farming.

The project GOB-ROC Aquaculture Project will run from February 2012 to February 2017 with a budget of US $2.5 million dollars funded by the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Participants also include members of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the private sector (shrimp farmers) and official agricultural specialists.

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