Home / Aquaculture / AQUACULTUREINAFRICA WISHES FULL SUCCESS TO THE 10TH SESSION OF THE COFI SUBCOMMITTEE ON AQUACULTURE, WHICH IS BEING HELD FROM 23 TO 27 AUGUST 2019 IN TRONDHEIM, NORWAY, AND HOPES THAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE WILL SHOW CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AQUACULTURE IN AFRICA

AQUACULTUREINAFRICA WISHES FULL SUCCESS TO THE 10TH SESSION OF THE COFI SUBCOMMITTEE ON AQUACULTURE, WHICH IS BEING HELD FROM 23 TO 27 AUGUST 2019 IN TRONDHEIM, NORWAY, AND HOPES THAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE WILL SHOW CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AQUACULTURE IN AFRICA

The untapped potential of the coasts, lakes, rivers and streams and the African continent, with a growing deficit in fish supply, constitutes an important opportunity for the promotion of aquaculture in Africa, for meeting the ever-increasing demand for fish in this continent, and for addressing the major challenges of food security and youth employment.

Aquaculture is still very underdeveloped in Africa compared to other continents such as Asia and South America, its share of fish production according to F1O (2018) is estimated at about 2 million tonnes, which represents only a small percentage of global production while the continent is bordered by seas and oceans and almost all African countries, with a sea or lakefront that can practice aquaculture and climate conditions are just as favourable.

In Africa, small-scale aquaculture is most often confronted with a lack of technical assistance, low availability of fry and feed and the absence of an aquaculture product value chain.

The Aquaculture Sub-Committee, which is currently meeting in Norway at its Tenth Session in Trondheim, Norway, between 23-27 August 2019, will provide a forum for consultations and discussions on aquaculture and advise COFI on technical and policy issues affecting aquaculture as well as on the activities to be carried out by FAO in the field of aquaculture.

In this context, we hope that the subcommittee will show more importance to African aquaculture so that the gap between continents can be reduced, in order to achieve the objectives of sustainable development, and adopt an approach that will contribute to the development of this sector in the African continent

At the session of the FAO Sub-Committee on Aquaculture, representatives of African States are expected to provide important information to FAO to guide its work in the field of aquaculture on the continent.

aquacultureinafrica wishes the aquaculture subcommittee all the best, and hopes that the various sessions of its work will lead to the promotion and development of aquaculture in Africa and on the other continents of our blue planet.

 

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