Belize will get $5M Tilapia Hatchery Taiwan will help to build it.

Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister and Area Representative for Orange Walk North, delivering the keynote addressThe Government of Taiwan is going to help the Department of Agriculture in Belize to build a $5 million tilapia hatchery  at Center Farm in the Cayo District.

A ground-breaking ceremony  involving Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, Mr. David Wu and the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Gaspar Vega got the ball rolling  Thursday  afternoon, July 18.                      .

The five year project calls for a large building and 18 earth ponds, a reservoir, a sedimentation pond, and 16 concrete tanks.

The plan is to produce a million all male fingerlings at a time to spur the development of Tilapia farming operations in Belize.

Modern tilapia culture  technology will increase Belize’s annual tilapia production for export  and as a valuable source of  protein for the local population. It is also part of the plan to use tilapia as an alternative commercial feed.

Tilapia is a white, low-fat  fish, excellent for broiling and baking. It has become the most important aquaculture fish in the world.

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