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Organized by the ministry of Fisheries and Fishery Resources and sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the workshop was attended by technicians and officials of aquaculture activities in the country.

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“Aquatic animal contributes significantly to provide proteins of animal origin, as well as high quality essential nutrients. However, some diseases locked the sustainable breeding of many species, preventing the socio-economic progress,” the Secretary General of the ministry of Fisheries and Fishery Resources Tilahy Desire Andrianaranintsoa said during the workshop.

For this reason, the ministry organized the workshop to fight against aquatic animal diseases.

Indeed, Madagascar’s shrimp has been victims of the White Spot Syndrom (WSS) since 2012, a fact which damage not only shrimp production but the production of all fishery resources in Madagascar.

Data from the ministry said that shrimps cover the 60 percent of fishery products exported by Madagascar every year.

However, the annual production of shrimp fishing in Madagascar dropped from 10,000 tons in 2004 to about 3,500 tons in 2014 because of WSS disease.

Madagascar exported 6,179 tons of shrimps estimated at about 56 million U.S dollar in 2015.

Madagascar produced between 120,000 tons to 130,000 tons of products from all fisheries as fish, seaweed, and shellfish every year. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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