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Tue, 21 May 2019 13:05 - Updated Tue, 21 May 2019 13:05

Angola gets support from Portugal in aquaculture sector

Lisbon - Angola will be able to count on the support of Portugal, in the training of cadres, for the development of the aquaculture sector, the Angolan minister of Fisheries and Sea, Maria Antonieta Baptista, said last Sunday.

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Maria Antonieta Baptista, minister of Fisheries and Sea.

Photo: Hermenegildo Comanzala

According to the minister, who spoke to the press at the end of the work visit to the Olhão Fish Farming Station, located about three hundred kilometers off Lisbon, Angola has a shortage of qualified cadres, hence the need for Portugal's support, which is also predisposed to transfer technologies and know-how.

"The centre is a point of reference to establish a protocol of cooperation, so that students can more quickly come to practice aquaculture, because the private sector is in need of trained cadres who are residing in the country and that they can make their contribution, as a means of empowering them", said the minister.

In the presence of Portugal's Secretary of State for Fisheries, José Apolinário, the Angolan minister toured several areas and received detailed explanations from the director of the centre, Pedro Pousão.

The secretary of State for Fisheries of Portugal, José Apolinário, representing the minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, welcomed the Angolan government's commitment to developing the sector in the field of fisheries and the economy of the sea.

The Olhão Fish Farming Pilot Station (EPPO) is a research and technological development structure, with pre-industrial scale in aquaculture and marine biology, which is the main support for the transfer of technology, technical and scientific training in the field.

Among the lines of research is the production of new species, nutrition and  environmentally friendly production systems.

The Pilot Station for Fish Farming belongs to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), which deals with Research and Technological Development, with pre-industrial scale in aquaculture and marine biology.

The minister was accompanied by entrepreneurs from the provinces of Benguela, Namibe, Cuanza Sul.

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