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Haiti - Agriculture : Construction of a hatchery of 200,000 fry/year
04/09/2017 08:11:42

Haiti - Agriculture : Construction of a hatchery of 200,000 fry/year
The Artibonite, North, North-East and North-West Departments will have a hatchery for intensive production of fry with a capacity of 200,000 fry (tilapia variety) per year.

Funded by the European Union, this hatchery under construction in the municipality of Ferrier, a locality of "Lagon aux Boeufs" is carried out within the framework of the project "Improvement of food security in the North-East of Haiti" is co-pilotted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture, notably through the Northeast Departmental Agricultural Directorate.

It aims to boosts and expands the aquaculture value chain, with an impact on the entire North. This hatchery will double the average production capacity of 140 aquaculturists in the Champs Ecoles Paysans (PEC), from 25 to 50 kilos of merchant fish per person per year.

Of the 200,000 fry to produce 50% are for aquaculture community operator of the lake "Lagon aux Bœufs", 25% will be used to stock the small lakes of the Ministry of Agriculture in the North and 25% will be reserved for sale to aquaculturists in the North East and elsewhere.

Eric Auguste, the Northeastern Departmental Director of Agriculture, applauds the creation of this hatchery, the first to be built in the Great North. "From an economic point of view, this is a great opportunity that will eed the region and generate more revenue for fishers / aquaculturists. It will also be used to stockpile the hilly lakes built by the Ministry."

Paul Andy Joseph, CEP Aquaculture Facilitator, explains, "Before the hatchery was built, we could get the fry from Port-au-Prince. The activity was unprofitable because of the high mortality rate associated with the conditions and the long duration of the transport. Now we have great hope that with this infrastructure, the spawners will produce fry on the spot, which will significantly reduce the mortality rate and increase our production capacity. We are very grateful to FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture and the European Union for this hatchery which strengthens our activities and improves our living conditions."

HL/ S/ HaitiLibre

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