JAMAICA is to share in a €30-million funding programme from the European Union to help boost its aquaculture industry.
The EU pot is there to strengthen fisheries management, improve food security and alleviate poverty in several countries and it comes at a time when the Jamaican local industry is experiencing a serious decline in aquaculture products. At the same time Roger Clarke, the country's minister of agriculture and fisheries, has said that the Government will act to revitalise the fish farming industry on the island. He pointed to the ban on the importation of whole tilapia - fresh or frozen. While admitting that there was a breach of the waiver for tilapia fillet for the quick-service restaurants and hotel market, with some of the produce finding its way on to the open market, he noted that steps had been taken to prevent any recurrence.