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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Aquaculture and Farm Product Processing Technology Improvement Project—Aquaculture (Guatemala)
Project Description: The project will strengthen and promote the aquaculture industry in Guatemala in response to a government aim to promote the tilapia industry and restore stocks of pescado blanco (“white fish”).

Overall, this project will:

  1. Assist Guatemalan authorities to establish propagation and cultivation techniques for tilapia and white fish at Remate center.
  2. Assist fishermen’s organizations to enhance cultivation techniques and marketing activities.
  3. Organize mutually beneficial aquaculture activities, courses, seminars, site visits and other forms of professional training.
  4. Train technical staff from local government departments and upgrade management capacity to a sufficient level to manage the aquaculture center.

Aquaculture and Farm Product Processing Technology Improvement Project—Aquaculture(Guatemala)

Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2013/12/31
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project Objectives:

The objectives of this project are:

  1. In accordance with the Guatemalan government’s aquaculture policies, produce 650,000 high quality tilapia and white fish fingerlings to support the development of ongoing tilapia farming operations in Guatemala; implement trials of white fish cage aquaculture to assess the feasibility of farming white fish commercially.
  2. Assist the 12 households who previously participated in a Food For The Poor project, improving their technical capacity and livelihoods by providing a regular curriculum of aquaculture training.
  3. Assist participating households to enhance the culture techniques by providing guidance and by observing farmers’ cultivation performance.
  4. Develop human resources and enhance culture techniques by conducting 12 technical training courses.
  5. Assist tilapia-raising households to analyze breeding costs and profits; produce an analysis report and provide recommendations on budget management.
  6. Ensure that Sabana Grande Aquaculture Center has the capacity to operate independently, particularly in terms of sustainability.
Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Guatemala
  2. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) (Republic of Guatemala)

Implementation Arrangement: Members of the Taiwan Technical Mission will provide technical assistance and assistance for capacity building.
Current Progress:

To the end of March 2013, the following activities have been completed:

  1. Produced  308,340  tilapia fry; sold 129,250 tilapia fry.
  2. Produced 26,102 whitefish fry for promotion use by the local government.
  3. Assisted the households who had previously participated in a Food For The Poor project to produce 46,527 lbs. of tilapia.
  4. Assisted three tilapia-raising households by providing financial assistance, yielding 13,846 lbs. of high-quality tilapia.
  5. Conducted three conference on aquaculture-related technology for the benefit of 186 participants.
  6. Assisted tilapia-raising households to analyze breeding costs and profits and to produce 2 analysis reports.
  7. Performed maintenance at Sabana Grande Aquaculture Center for tilapia-raising, including maintenance of assets and materials; provided 3 training courses and 15 technical consultancy services on breeding mature specimens.
  8. Raised the professional knowledge of technical staff. Such staff now have specialized knowledge of breeding and fry degeneration technology, and can also organize workshops.
  9. Appraised the capacity of local assistants, integrated inventory data, and completed the project transfer plan and a technical operations manual.
Project Contact: Pan Sheng-tsai, Hsieh Po-yuan
Phone: 502-23692532
E-mail: tm.guatemala@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits:
  1. Assist Guatemalan authorities to establish propagation and cultivation techniques for tilapia and white fish.
  2. Assist households who previously participated in a Food For The Poor project to increase production of tilapia.
  3. Conduct six workshops on aquaculture technology for 150 participants.
  4. Assist Guatemalan authorities to establish propagation and cultivation techniques for white fish and increase production of tilapia to 25,000 units.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Guatemala
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Guatemala
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2012/4/11
  • Date Updated:2013/2/7