(Haiti Libre) - 27/02/2015 10:47:54
300 cages for fry will be provided to 150 farmers who live on Lake Azueï to allow them to breed fingerlings to market size. This co-financing will also be used to increase the capacity of solar equipment to 60 kilowatts to the Farm Harvest Caribbean "The LEVE co-financing will enable more farmers to produce tilapia, providing them and also to their families, improved livelihoods," stressed Dr. Valentin Abe, CEO of Caribbean Harvest.
Although Haiti has over 1,000 km of coastline, the annual fish consumption per person is only 4.4 kg compared to 19.2 kg per person in the world. 70% of fish consumed in Haiti are imported and therefore relatively expensive on the local market. By increasing the production of tilapia in Haiti, which is cheap, Caribbean Harvest contribute on the one hand to improve the health of Haitians, who have a poor protein diet and also this increase in fish production locally, reduce the foreign expenditures devoted to import.
Caribbean Harvest and LEVE believe that aquaculture is a promising new industry for Haiti because it creates jobs and a source of inexpensive and nutritional food. It also has considerable potential for exports of tilapia in the Caribbean. LEVE will assist Caribbean Harvest to promote the development of more productive and inclusive sectors, likely to contribute to growth based on a broad economic base.
About LEVE :
The objective of the LEVE project is to assist its Haitian partners to create economic growth through capacity building and job creation. LEVE facilitates more productive and inclusive value chains that increase economic growth. LEVE works with Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve and strengthen their capacity and competitiveness. LEVE also works with technical and vocational schools to help them improve their study and placement program. Project LEVE extends from 2013 to 2016 and is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).