Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, February 24, 2014

NEPAD SS African Fish Reports

STRATEGIC REVIEW ON AFRICAN AQUACULTURE FEEDS.
Partnership for African Fisheries (PAF) Aquaculture Working Group.
This report was commissioned by NEPAD through the University of Stirling UK.
February 2014. 83 pages

Research and Development is ongoing to reduce overall costs of aquafeeds by reducing volumes of expensive often imported raw ingredients and the utilisation of locally sourced raw ingredients which do not compete with and jeopardise SSAs human food demands and food security.

STRATEGIC REVIEW ON AFRICAN AQUACULTURE MARKETS AND EXPORT POTENTIAL
Partnership for African Fisheries (PAF) Aquaculture Working Group.
This report was commissioned by NEPAD through the University of Stirling UK.
February 2014. 73 pages

In SSA there is little up-to-date information regarding domestic capture fisheries, their markets, market structure and marketing, let alone those for aquaculture. Aquaculture producers can only truly take advantage of existing and emerging markets when they know how they work and seek ways to profitably deliver what consumers want. 

Future product supplies will have to come from increased development of foreign/domestically funded large-scale ventures in conjunction with production from well-organized and collectivized small-scale fish farmers; both needing access to current market information, institutional/ NGO support and affordable credit. African aquaculture also needs to learn from and embrace the increasingly stringent global codes of practice and quality assurance practices, many of which are already in place exported capture fishery products. 

This will enable producers to access and thereafter sustainably cater for the rising and inevitably more demanding African markets, as well as instigate wider global trading of potentially high quality, competitively priced and market orientated aquaculture products in the longer term.

NEPAD SS African Strategic Fish Hatchery and Seed Supply
Partnership for African Fisheries (PAF) Aquaculture Working Group.
This report was commissioned by NEPAD through the University of Stirling UK.
February 2014. 78 pages

FAO data for aquaculture production shows Egypt, Nigeria, and Uganda are the leading countries (Table 1). African governments have now recognized the value of aquaculture. Some governments e.g. that of Kenya, are even announcing an unexpected level of investment as a reaction. Similarly, various African states and their various consortia are projecting that they need to promote aquaculture to be able to meet the projected demand of 3 million mt annually, for which aquaculture production has to grow by 10% annually in the next 15 years from its current level of production of about 1 million mt per year. The first and foremost important pre-requisite for any food production sector such as aquaculture to grow at such a rate is the supply of quality seed which has to be available whenever and wherever is necessary. Availability of fish seed stimulates the expansion of aquaculture.

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