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April 22, 2015

Ghana and Brazil

Ghana Building a Shrimp Hatchery to Encourage Shrimp Farming


Through a public/private partnership, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development plans to build a shrimp hatchery to encourage shrimp farming in the country.  The government will support new shrimp farmers with credit schemes and extension services.


Madam Sherry Ayittey, the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, disclosed the government’s plans during a working tour of some shrimp farms in Brazil.  The visit took her to Galvol Aquaculture, one of the largest shrimp farms in Brazil.  Its hatchery produces 500 million postlarvae (PLs) a month, representing 25% of the PL market of 24 billion a year.  Galvol Aquaculture also farms 6,000 metric tons of shrimp a year and has a processing plant with a workforce of over 1,200.


The minister also visited Furura Aquaculture, owned by professor Enox Main, which has 460 ponds that produce tilapia and shrimp in polyculture and separately.


Brazilian shrimp farmers currently supply over 90% of the 120,000 metric tons of shrimp consumed in the country annually.


Source:  Government to Promote Shrimp Farming.  Sherry Ayittey.  April 22, 2015.

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