HAVANA._ The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented a project in Cuba for increasing the production of freshwater fish by improving their genes.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented a project in Cuba for increasing the production of freshwater fish by improving their genes.The FAO representative for Central America and the Caribbean, Carlos Pulgarín, told The Havana Reporter that the cooperation project also includes, among others, a National Genetic Improvement Plan involving local training.

The project is being carried out at El Dique, an entity that belongs to the Center for the Development of Aquaculture Techniques in Loma de Tierra locality, in the country´s west.

According to Pulgarín, a biologist by profession who is also an expert in genetic improvement, this discipline allows raising higher quality fish, thus contributing to an increase their production.

Zenaida Arboleya, the center´s director informed us that between 20 and 50 researchers, technicians and fish farmers currently involved in the reproduction and intensive feeding of tilapia will be trained at El Dique.

The project has been assigned around $300,000 for activities related to training, courses and related events, among other activities.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented a project in Cuba for increasing the production of freshwater fish by improving their genes.In addition to contributing to food security in the country, the FAO cooperation in Cuba goes hand in hand with the Cuban counterparts regarding the country´s priorities for the development of sectors related to agriculture and food, with the objective of supporting the sustainable increase of food supply.

Similarly, it supports the preservation and strengthening of natural resources, while contributing to ensure a favorable juridical framework for food and agriculture, fishing, and forestry; with efforts intended to increase knowledge in those areas.

World fish production is expected to increase by 17 percent in the coming ten years, principally associated with aquaculture, an activity that plays an ever more important role in supplying fish for human consumption.

Another project resulting from FAO´s cooperation in Cuba is contributing to the increase in the capacity of two centers for the processing of pig semen in the country´s west, one in Havana and the other in the province of Artemisa.

This program helps increase the productive genetic potential of pigs, and is also intended to raise technical, economic and productive efficiency; while spreading the use of artificial insemination techniques among private pig farmers.

The international organization is also developing a project for increasing the capacities in the sustainable production of honey and other bee-related products.

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