Posted on 02.09.2021 at 2:18 am by APA
Côte d’Ivoire, which produces 5,000 tonnes of fishery products per year, has a need for 500,000 tonnes of fish to cover the consumption needs of the population estimated at 25 million inhabitants.
“It is practically 500,000 tonnes of fish that are necessary for Côte d’Ivoire to cover the consumption needs of its population estimated at 25 million inhabitants,” said Mr. Sidi Touré, the Ivorian Minister of Animal Resources, on Wednesday. and fisheries.
Mr. Sidi Touré was speaking at the opening of a workshop to validate the analysis of the tilapia aquaculture value chain in Côte d’Ivoire (FISH4ACP), in the premises of the African Center for management and development of executives (CAMPC), at the University Félix Houphouët-Boigny.
In Côte d’Ivoire, he will say, the contribution of aquaculture to the national production of fishery products is of the order of 5,000 tonnes. This sub-sector represents around 14,000 jobs, including 6,000 direct jobs and around 8,000 indirect jobs.
Fish is the main source of animal protein for consumers in Côte d’Ivoire with a consumption of around 24.9 kg per year and per capita. National fish production barely covers 20% of the country’s needs.
The imports of fishery products, per year, result in significant outflows of foreign currency, around 100 billion CFA francs, while the country is full of natural assets to be one of the leading countries in world aquaculture production, he said. .
The FISH4ACP project, initiated by the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, aims to be a program for the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture value chains. It is funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry.
Mr. Stéphane Brossard, in charge of incisive growth, representing the head of the EU delegation in Côte d’Ivoire, said that the institution has decided to support this project at the level of 10 African countries and the Pacific for an amount of 40 million euros, or more than 26 billion CFA francs.
German cooperation has contributed 10,000 million euros, or 6.5 billion FCFA. This project aims to develop the enormous potential for activities and economic growth in the aquaculture sector in these regions.
“Our challenge is for growth to be as inclusive and as sustainable as possible with quality jobs, decent jobs, management of natural water resources and the issue of pollution and numerical prices”, said underlined Mr. Brossard.
For the representative of the FAO Resident Representative, Zoungrana Mahama, “it is difficult to understand” that with the potential that Côte d’Ivoire abounds in terms of water resources, skills at the level of actors, the country matters more. 80% of its fish consumption.
“This is the reason why this project aims to take stock of the challenges of the sector (and) understand the constraints encountered to reverse the trend by allowing actors to have access to tilapia in sufficient quantity to balance their need for food security. “, He maintained.
According to FAO forecasts, aquaculture will provide 62% of the production of fish intended for consumption by 2030. It has also become the essential alternative to the growing demand for fishery products.