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Central America

Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Aquaculture Project (Belize)
Project Description: This five-year project will provide assistance to the Belizean Ministry of Nature Resources and Agriculture in three stages. The first stage will involve assembling a team of experts to design, plan and oversee the construction of a tilapia hatchery center, while professional consultants will also be dispatched to build the capacity of local personnel. The second stage will involve introducing Taiwan’s tilapia farming skills and experience, providing Belizean fish farmers with a stable supply of high-quality, single-sex fry, as well as assisting cooperating units to conduct research into the development of alternative feeds, thereby reducing farmers’ costs. The third stage will involve assistance to establish tilapia marketing mechanisms, prompting the overall goal of facilitating the development of a small- to medium-scale tilapia farming industry within Belize.


Region: Central America
Implementation Start Date: 2012/2/13
Implementation End Date: 2017/2/12
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)
  3. TaiwanICDF
Implementation Arrangement: The TaiwanICDF will dispatch a project manager and specialists to assist the partner country to implement the project.
Current Progress:

To the end of December 2014, the following activities have been completed:

In 2012:

  1. Signed the project agreement.
  2. Opened a project bank account.
  3. Completed construction planning and scheduling, construction blueprints, construction cost forecasts and bidding documents for the new tilapia hatchery center.
  4. Produced 130,500 tilapia fingerlings for extension.

In 2013:

  1. Completed a tender notice and then awarded the tender and arranged contracts for the construction of the new tilapia hatchery center.
  2. Completed construction of the office building, 28 concrete ponds and 16 earthen ponds at the hatchery center.
  3. Produced 312,750 tilapia fingerlings for extension.
  4. Trained 20 tilapia farmers.
  5. Held three tilapia breeding training courses.

In 2014:

  1. Having completed construction of the office building, 28 concrete ponds and 16 earthen ponds, connect water and power connecting at the hatchery center, conducted further work to strengthen the earthen ponds and to connect internet.
  2. Produced 405,000 tilapia fingerlings.
  3. Regarding the research and development of an alternative tilapia feed, completed tilapia growth trials and found that the quality of an alternative feed is better than an imported brand, as well as costing only about 70 percent of the imported brand.
  4. Enhanced fish farmers’ conceptual understanding of tilapia farming operations and management, including cost analysis, the manufacture of alternative feed, fish pond design and production operation skills, training 37 farmers to date.
  5. Assisted the Ministry of Nature Resources and Agriculture to hold a national agricultural exhibition and promote the project, attended by 350 people.
  6. Experts were dispatched to Belize for marketing and alternative feed research.

In 2015:

1.Completed the construction of earthen test ponds, the installation of air pipes and oxygenation systems in the concrete ponds, and the construction of concrete ladders at the pumping station.

2. Having analyzed the nutrition and resources involved in the production of an alternative tilapia feed, taught standard operating procedures for the alternative tilapia feed formula to staff.

3. Enhanced fish farmers conceptual understanding of tilapia farm construction and fish pond design, training 13 farmers. Also arranged visits for 215 students, and promotional and exhibition activities directly benefitting 670 people and indirectly benefitting 3,350 people.

4. Produced 74,500 tilapia fingerlings for extension, conservation and cultivation.

Project Manager: Ju-Lan, Wu
Phone: 886-2-28732323 #233
E-mail: j.l.wu@icdf.org.tw
Approval 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 Natural Resources and Agriculture (MNRA) (Belize)
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Central America, Belize
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2014/2/13
  • Date Updated:2015/1/28