The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has approved the cession of five aquatic areas located in two municipalities of Mato Grosso do Sul -- Selviria and Aparecida do Toboado -- for 20 years to develop tilapia production there.
These new aquaculture areas are estimated to produce 112,000 tonnes of tilapia per year, representing about 20 per cent of the total production of Brazilian aquaculture (including fish, crustaceans and shellfish), which is 574,000 tonnes/year, according to data from IBGE.
According to Minister Blairo Maggi, in addition to the growth in fish production, "which will contribute to increase the figures of Brazilian exports, the transfer of the five areas will generate 3,400 direct jobs in the region and an annual turnover of BRL 425 million (USD 127.6 million).
The minister highlighted the importance of these figures for the region, and stressed that "it is not only a project for the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but for all of Brazil."
In this sense, he said that the country has enormous potential to exploit fish farming and the transfer of areas represents "just a step of what must be done to increase Brazil's participation in the world fish market."
According to data from the Secretariat of Aquaculture and Fisheries, in recent years more than 3,700 areas have been ceded and are capable of producing about 480,000 tonnes of fish per year. There are more than 2,400 areas that have already been requested to develop fish farming operations, with a capacity to produce more than 6 million tonnes of fish per year and the potential to generate more than 200,000 direct jobs and BRL 30 billion (USD 9 billion) in billing.