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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

09/02/2016: FENACAM/LACQUA 2015

http://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf1506_w1/54
First published in International Aquafeed, November-December 2015
 
The 12th edition of FENACAM was held in conjunction with LACQUA 2015 from Monday-to- Thursday November 16-19, 2015 in Fortaleza, Brazil

The opening ceremony was far from a mere formality. The speeches from national and foreign authorities discussed key points of Brazilian aquaculture. Topics included: tax exemption for production bottlenecks marketing; the model of shrimp production in Brazil and the continuity of institutional management in the industry, which is now under the control of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.

Itamar Rocha, president of the Brazilian Shrimp Farmers Association (ABCC), thanked all the partners of the event, but soon after focused critical attention on the wasted potential of aquaculture in Brazil.

“Brazil continues with a deficit of $1.5 billion in the trade of fish and the world needs more aquaculture products. However, we are doing nothing to change the scenario, Brazil does not export anything and we are falling behind,” he says.

The previous day at the opening ceremony, Mr Rocha had already criticised use of soybeans as the main feed ingredient in aquaculture, saying, “Soybean meal is exported to 0.30 cents, but as food could be exported $4 per kilo.”

Cristiano Peixoto Maia, president of the Association of Shrimp Producers Cearenses (ACCC), confirmed the expectation that the state of Ceará will close the year with 50,000 tonnes of shrimp produced, despite setbacks.

Read the full article in International Aquafeed HERE.

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