FAO will help Cuba to farm GIFT tilapia

 Farmed tilapia. (Photo Credit: Niall Crotty)

Farmed tilapia. (Photo Credit: Niall Crotty)

An agreement signed with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will allow Cuba to produce larger tilapias in less time through the implementation of a breeding boost program.

The project will last two years and will have a funding of USD 297,000.

The main objective of the program is to strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of the Development and Innovation Unit El Dique, of the Aquaculture Technology Development Business (EDTA), on the outskirts of Havana, and offer training in genetics of freshwater fish to thirty technicians and 400 producers.

According to the national coordinator of the project, Zenaida Arboleya, the state company EDTA, this agreement will make it possible to develop especially GIFT (Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia) tilapia farming to increase intensive production by 50 per cent and move towards food security.

“Growth in production can be achieved in two ways: increasing the farming area or increasing productivity, which can be achieved with the introduction of new species or genetically improved varieties, new technology, technical assistance and training of technical staff as well as that of producers,” he explained.

From the FAO in Cuba it was indicated that the project is inserted in the cooperation in food security as well as in the area of nutrition under the Assistance Framework of the United Nations for Development, agreed between the Cuban government and the United Nations system for 2014-2018 period.

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