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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Aquaculture Project (Belize)
Project Description: The government of Belize is promoting the development of aquaculture as a means of diversifying its agricultural sector. As such, this project has been designed in accordance with the appropriate government policies. Overall, this project will:

  1. Produce high-quality tilapia fingerlings to assist the development of on-growing, small-scale tilapia farming operations in Belize.
  2. Promote the use of modern tilapia culture technology at small-scale fish farms in Belize.
  3. Assist the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture (MNRA) to draft a National Tilapia Aquaculture Development Plan, whose content will relate to small-scale sub-sectors of the industry.

Aquaculture Project (Belize)


Implementation Start Date: 2012/2/13
Implementation End Date: 2017/2/13
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:
  1. Construct a tilapia hatchery center, with the capacity to produce a maximum of 1 million tilapia fingerlings annually, at the Central Farm site.
  2. Provide five tilapia farming training workshops for the benefit of 540 participants.
  3. Increase annual production of tilapia from 110,000 to 1 million units by the end of the five-year project period by producing high-quality tilapia fingerlings and assisting the development of on-growing, small-scale tilapia farming operations.
  4. Assist tilapia production and the formation and organization of a tilapia farmers marketing cooperative; establish a processing center to facilitate processing, packing and marketing operations related to tilapia farming.
  5. Increase national consumption of tilapia fivefold by the end of the five-year project period.
  6. Reduce the wholesale price of tilapia fingerlings from US$0.075 to US$0.06 by the end of the five-year project period.
  7. Assign a TaiwanICDF aquaculture specialist to assist the MNRA to develop alternative feeds for tilapia culture in order to substitute commercial feeds by as much as 30-35 percent throughout the five-year project period.
  8. Publish three booklets on various aspects of aquaculture, and a brochure on tilapia production for public distribution.
Executing Agency:
  1. Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize
  2. Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture (MNRA) (Belize)
Implementation Arrangement: Members of the Aquaculture Project in Belize will provide technical assistance and assistance for capacity building.
Current Progress: To the end of December 2012, the following activities have been completed:
  1. Signed the project agreement.
  2. Capacity building for the project members: the project counterpart from the MNRA has been approved for the TaiwanICDF International Higher Education Scholarship Program, to study for a master’s degree in aquaculture.
  3. The second quarter also saw the completion of a preliminary mission of short-term consultants to Belize, to design the construction of the Tilapia Hatchery Center at the Central Farm site, and to plan project content and details.
  4. Short-term consultants also finished the Back to Office Report, which provided suggestions and formulated strategies in support of the future development of the aquaculture industry in Belize.
Project Manager: Tsai Nian-tsy
Phone: (501)6353188
E-mail: ap.belize@icdf.org.tw
Signing Date: 2012/2/13
Projected Benefits:
  1. Sales of approximately 1 million tilapia fingerlings to small-scale farmers will raise tilapia production in the domestic market to at least 375,000 lbs.
  2. Sales of approximately 1 million tilapia fingerlings to small-scale farmers will raise the value of tilapia production in the domestic market to at least US$750,000.
  3. The wholesale price of tilapia fingerlings sold to tilapia farmers will be reduced by at least 20 percent.
  4. Assisting the MNRA to develop alternative feeds for tilapia culture will allow the ministry to substitute commercial feeds by as much as 30-35 percent throughout the five-year project period.
  5. The project will facilitate the sustainable development of the small-scale tilapia farming industry within Belize’s agricultural sector.
  6. Improvements to regional tilapia production will supplement the dietary intake of protein among families in rural areas.
Cooperating Stakeholders: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Belize
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date Updated:2012/11/15