Mexican aquaculture grows at 15pct per year

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The annual growth of aquaculture in Mexico is advancing at a fast rate of 15 per cent, compared to 6 per cent recorded by this activity worldwide, informed the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), José Calzada Rovirosa

Accompanied by Governor of the State of Michoacán Silvano Aureoles Conejo, when launching the first stage of the “Strategic Project for the Development of Commercial Tilapia Farming in the Dam Adolfo López Mateos”, the Secretary of Agriculture assured that aquaculture is a sustainable, lucrative activity that generates good income to producers.

He added that the country currently produces 155,000 tonnes of tilapia per year, which represents 25 per cent of what is consumed nationally, but the Mexican product has much better quality compared to what is imported from the Asian continent.

Calzada Rovirosa stressed that fishing and aquaculture value in the country amounts to approximately MXP 35,000 million (USD 1835 million), of which almost 50 per cent is for aquaculture, mainly for shrimp and tilapia production, among other products.

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