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Taiwanese mission teaches Tilapia farming in Guatemala

2012/03/24 21:56:00

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) An agricultural technical mission from Taiwan held an event Wednesday in Guatemala to teach local farmersabout tilapia farming.

By learning how to grow tilapia, families could improve their incomes, the mission told the 100-plus local people who attended the session along with ROC Ambassador to Guatemala Adolfo Sun and government officials from Peten, the northernmost department of Guatemala.

Tilapia farming also offers Guatelaman consumers an alternative choice, thus helping to conserve endangered species such as the popular white fish, as it is known locally, the mission said.

In a similar program for women in 2011, the trainees later made a profit of NT$ 3,800 (US$ 128.47) each from tilapia farming, the technical mission said.

Tilapia, which originated in Africa, is a fast growing species with strong environmental adaptability and is currently the largest and most popular fish among commercial fisheries.

It takes only six months to raise tilapia to a standard market weight of around one pound. At that size, the fish fetch NT$57-NT$68 per pound in Peten, the mission said.

Since 2003, Taiwan has been working with the government of Guatemala to set up an aquaculture center in the village of El Remate in Peten to help promote Tilapia farming and conserve the endangered“white fish.”

(By Maia Huang)
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