The Artibonite, North, North-East and North-West Departments will have a hatchery for the 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 commune 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 through, among others, the Northeast Departmental Agricultural Department.
It boosts and develops 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 be produced: 50 per cent are destined for aquaculturists operating in the lake “la Lagon aux Boeufs” community, 25 per cent will be used to stock the hillside lakes of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Far North and 25 per cent will be reserved for sale to aquaculturists in the Northeast and elsewhere.
Eric Auguste, the Northeastern Departmental Director of Agriculture, applauds the creation of this hatchery, the first to be built in the Far North. “From an economic point of view, this is a great opportunity will feed the region and generate more revenues for fishers / aquaculturists. In addition, it will enable the hill lakes built by the Ministry to be stocked “.
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 transport. Now, we are very hopeful 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 “.
Author: Haiti Libre