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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:

From January 2013 to the end of  September 2013, the following activities have been completed:

  1. Offered 8 instances of technical assistance to the aquaculture centers in Sabana Grande and Remate.
  2. Organized 3 aquaculture training courses for a total of 110 participants.
  3. Offered technical assistance to tilapia production groups to produce better tilapia, to date producing 31,917 pounds.
  4. Appraised three new aquaculture projects.
  5. Cooperated with the local government to submit two new projects to the Taiwanese embassy.
Project Contact: 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:2013/8/5