The 54th general assembly of the Maritime Fisheries Development Fund held in Douala on Friday.

Aquaculture is progressively becoming a priority sector in Cameroon and confirms its growth potential and its ability to contribute to food security, to the creation of direct and indirect jobs (production, related marketing services, processing, conservation, transport, provision of inputs and equipment) and the improvement of the incomes of the populations.

This was the assessment made during the 54th ordinary general assembly of the Maritime Fisheries Development Fund (CDPM) in Douala presided over by the Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal industries, Dr. Taiga, December 22.

The processing of Cameroonian aquaculture is a reality and although the system of collection of statistical data and information is not yet developed, the signs of an improvement of certain indicators are perceptible, and the fish of aquaculture has begun to appear in the shopping basket.

However, despite these significant advances, much remains to be done to see all the hopes placed in aquaculture come true. New challenges have emerged: the management of medium- sized and commercially oriented farms, the promotion and marketing of aquaculture products, the formulation and manufacture of fish feeds based on local products and byproducts in the perspective of reducing production costs etc.

SOURCE:allafrica.com

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