México: The Government of Oaxaca has provided producers of Laguna Escondida Island, Papaloapan Basin, with infrastructure and equipment for cultivation and use of tilapia valued at MXN 9.26 million (USD 715,000).
The input material will benefit 11 projects producing and it is expected that the initiative will generate approximately 120 indirect jobs, NSS Oaxaca informed.
Cage culture is an intensive production system that makes it possible to raise a great number of tilapia specimens in a limited space.
"We are here to meet tilapia producers’ requests," said Governor Gabino Cue Monteagudo, who was accompanied by the mayor of San Lucas Ojitlán, Isidro Ortega Silva; and Fisheries deputy delegate of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries in Oaxaca (CONAPESCA), Ramon Hernandez Velasquez.
Cue Monteagudo stressed that it is "a very successful project that began three years ago at the initiative of the villagers themselves in order to earn a living for their families and they have now achieved an 80 per cent growth in production."
He also recalled that between 2011 and 2013, the state executive in collaboration with CONAPESCA and the Secretariat of Agriculture, livestock, rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) drove 48 productive projects by implementing floating cages, an initiative requiring an investment of MXN 25.5 million (USD 1.9 million).
Meanwhile, Velasquez Hernandez said in Oaxaca 700 fish farms were identified, of which 79 per cent are producing tilapia, 20 per cent produce trout and 1 per cent farm shrimp and other species.
According to the available data provided by CONAPESCA in 2012, Oaxaca produces about 571.5 tonnes of tilapia annually. Out of that total, 255.6 tonnes come from aquaculture in controlled systems.
In addition, there are 1,110 aquaculture production units in Oaxaca, mainly in the basin of the Papaloapan, Isthmus, Central Valleys, Mixteca Baja, Costa and Cañada.