PERU : The National Programme of Innovation in Fisheries and Aquaculture, of the Ministry of Production, recognized more than 470 institutions throughout the country as winners of the 2017-2018 PNIPA Contest, which co-finances innovation projects in fisheries and aquaculture.
Associations of artisanal fishermen and fish farmers, fishing and aquaculture companies, consulting firms, technological institutes, universities and research centres, as well as professional associations and non-governmental organizations joined together in strategic alliances to implement 225 innovation projects.
During the presentation ceremony of the winners, held within the framework of the National Innovation Week, with the presence of Fisheries and Aquaculture Vice Minister Javier Atkins, the investment committed in this first contest, amounting to PEN 58 million (USD 17.3 million), was highlighted.
"2,000 people participated throughout the country and submitted 800 proposals to the contest, of which 225 were chosen," said National Programme of Innovation in Fisheries and Aquaculture executive director Javier Ramírez-Gastón.
More than 70 per cent of these projects are aimed at innovation in the aquaculture subsector, specifically technical assistance and training in access to technology for artisanal fishermen and fish farmers, Andina news agency reported.
The chosen projects in the categories of applied and adaptive research, as well as in extension services (technical assistance) and capacity building, will seek to generate and adapt new technology as well as improve the quality of the innovation service offer.
The executive director of the PNIPA shows the results of the 2017-2018 PNIPA Contest in a ceremony in the framework of
the National Innovation Week (Photo: pnipa.gob.pe)
These projects will promote a new generation of technicians and professionals in the chains of species such as: trout, paiche, squid and dolphin fish, anchovy, scallop and Amazonian aquaculture species, which were the ones arousing the most interest in the alliances that are the bidders in this first contest.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Vice Minister Javier Atkins, when closing this ceremony, stressed that in this first set of projects there are multiple actors that make up the social capital that the country needs to have a more supportive fishing and aquaculture sector and achieve inclusive innovation that is really needed.
“These projects show that there is talent and creativity in Peru. We have research projects to give value to squid ink, to reuse waste from trout and manufacture new by-products, among others that will become famous," he stressed.