CHILE: A total of 28 productive development projects for CLP 612.5 million (around USD 940,000) were approved at the first session of the Regional Allocation Council (CAR Fisheries) of the Biobío Region.
The financial support is part of the "Management and Productive Development in Artisanal Fisheries" program, corresponding to the agreement between the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) and the regional Government.
In the session for the allocation of resources of the program that is run by the Fisheries Management Fund (FAP), the regional director of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Javier Valencia, highlighted the approach taken by CAR this year, especially in the visualization of new financing lines for the Management and Productive Development in Artisanal Fisheries program. This, he pointed out, generated a greater interest in the nomination of initiatives by the artisanal organizations of the region.
"There was a high participation and that is very remarkable. A total of 53 projects were proposed, which are framed in areas such as the organizational strengthening and human capital; improvement of the value chain of fishery products; productive diversification and market development; development of small-scale aquaculture and release of productive initiatives in the artisanal fisheries sector," said SUBPESCA's zonal representative.
Valencia also indicated that this year the CAR will finance 28 initiatives of the artisanal sector, which represents a significant increase over the last CAR of 2016, which reached CLP 223 million (USD 341,600), for seven projects.
"The CAR is an instance that, through the allocation of resources, seeks to improve the socio-economic and productive conditions of organizations of artisanal fishermen. As the Government, we want to continue strengthening the generation of added value and diversification, but also a productive link with other activities that are developed in the environment of the various benefitted organizations," he said.
It should be noted that in the case of this new regional program, what the agency is looking for is the promotion of productive and commercial scale-up projects by artisanal fishermen's organizations, aimed at creating and/or strengthening linkages, which make it possible to generate an offer of fish products with a higher added value, according to the national demand and to market niches.
The "Management and Productive Development in Artisanal Fisheries of the Biobío Region" Program offers the opportunity to improve the working conditions of artisanal fishermen, to contribute to diversify and create value to the fishery resources, besides supporting the associative work, allowing organizations to identify and implement new business opportunities related to fishing activity, within their territories, contributing to provide a comprehensive and systematic solution to the productive and economic problems of the sector, and above all to develop the necessary capacities for growth and competitive sustainability of the artisanal fishing activity.
For this first Regional Allocation Council of the Management and Productive Development in Artisanal Fisheries Program, 53 initiatives were launched by artisanal fishing organizations in the region, which in terms of participation meant a 100 per cent increase in the number of projects that were entered in relation to the CAR from last year.