Aquaculture Development Plan to be Implemented

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An Aquaculture Development Plan is to be implemented this year, with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, says some $22 million will be allocated from the Fisheries Management Development Fund (FMDF), to carry out the exercise. The Minister was addressing an African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Fish II Programme validation workshop, organised by the Ministry and the Belize-based ACP Regional Co-ordinating Unit, at the Farmers’ Training Centre, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on October 3. Mr. Clarke also informed that an additional $17 million has also been earmarked to undertake rehabilitation of the hatchery/nursery facility at the aquaculture branch of the Centre, to provide quality seed stock for the industry. The Minister said the aquaculture development plan is aimed at contributing to Jamaica’s goals of ensuring food security; employment creation; import substitution; and foreign exchange savings. These, he explained, will be achieved through a “complete revolution” of the aquaculture sub-sector, to include, among other things: the adoption of strategies incorporating the organisation of fish farmers using clustering and other approaches; development and implementation of effective marketing and promotion strategies; ensuring the continuous development of fish farmers and reshaping of farming practices through training programmes; and introducing appropriate technology and fish varieties for production. Mr. Clarke said these are expected to significantly complement other activities that the Ministry has been engaged in, since 2007, to facilitate resuscitation of the aquaculture sub-sector. These include the provision of extension services for specific aquaculture production areas; facilitation of tilapia production for the local market; and continued discussions with processing establishments to absorb some of the production from tilapia producers. Other strategies, which he advised are being considered, include: establishment of an industry development plan to improve farmers’ efficiencies to produce fish fillet locally, thereby gradually reducing imports of these; developing local value-added capacity; and exploring export market prospects for whole tilapia, “since Jamaica has proximity to market advantages.” Mr. Clarke said the Ministry’s thrust is in recognition of the importance of the fisheries sector’s role in Jamaica’s food and nutrition security, economic development, and employment facilitation, particularly in rural communities. Additionally, the administration’s cognizance of the challenges experienced by local fish farmers, particularly since 2007, resulting from factors such as the global economic recession, and  escalation in fuel and commodity prices, and their impact on production costs. “These challenges have led to a significant reduction in the production of aquaculture products, which fell from an estimated all time high of 8,019 metric tonnes in 2006, to an estimated 1,149 metric tonnes in 2011, a significant drop. The decline in production has been across all aquaculture products and has been the direct result of farmers’ response to the global economic pressures by reducing production or exiting the sector altogether,” noted. Mr. assured that “we (Government) are committed to ensuring the revitalisation of the aquaculture sub-sector.” “We will be creating the space for our aquaculture industry by ensuring that only wholesome fish products are imported into this country. These strategies (outlined) are intended to boost the acceptance and increased presence of aquaculture products on the local market,” he added. The ACP Fish II Project, entitled: ‘Strengthening Fisheries Management in ACP Countries’, is a €30 million European Union funded four and a half year-demand driven programme, which focuses on ensuring sustainable and equitable fisheries management in 78 ACP nations. Jamaica is one of 15 Caribbean states currently benefitting under the programme, slated to conclude in November 2013. The workshop brought together various private and public sector stakeholders in the fisheries sub-sector for presentations and discussions, aimed at developing a Land and Water Use Development Plan and Blue Print for an Aquaculture Action Plan for Jamaica, which will serve as a guide to enhance the country’s fisheries development and outputs. Aquaculture Development Plan to be Implemented AgricultureOctober 4, 2012 RelatedAquaculture Development Plan to be Implemented RelatedAquaculture Development Plan to be Implementedcenter_img RelatedAquaculture Development Plan to be Implemented Advertisementslast_img read more

RoPax Ferry Runs Aground off Indonesia

first_imgThe Ro/Pax ferry Sabuk Nusantara 34  ran aground on August 23 with 171 passengers on board shortly after leaving the Saumlaki port on Jaumdena Island, Indonesia, according to local media.The duty officer apparently made a navigational error due to the lack of fairway navigational marks in treacherous waters around the Jaumdena Island.The ferry hit a rocky shallow and is reportedly stuck hard. The initial inspection has shown a slight damage to the vessel’s hull. However, the grounding totally destroyed the ship’s propeller, leaving it without propulsion.Indonesian navy ship transported all of the passengers back to the Saumlaki port. There have been no injuries to the passengers and the crew.Salvage teams said that an attempt to refloat the ferry will be made during high tide.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Market needs more lawyers, says super-regulator

first_imgThe Legal Services Board has said there is no evidence of an oversupply of lawyers in the market and proposed introducing ‘fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify’.In a consultation published today on ‘proposed statutory guidance’ for implementing the recommendations of the Legal Education and Training Review the super-regulator says that despite concern at the number of individuals who fail to obtain pupillage or training contracts, ‘it is very difficult to accept the argument that there are too many lawyers’.In evidence, it cites ‘the levels of unmet need identified in research looking at both individual and small-business consumers’.It suggests that ‘it is perhaps more likely that the market cannot sustain the number of lawyers at the current cost’.Saying that restricting numbers through regulation would not promote competition, the LSB proposes ‘fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify and the range of options open to individuals wishing to pursue a career in the legal services market’. David Edmonds, chairman of the LSB, said the draft guidance was built on the view that a liberalised legal services market ‘can only function effectively for consumers if there is a significantly more flexible labour market’. He said the profession needs ‘a blueprint for action to give society the legal workforce it needs for the future’. The consultation document also says the board disagrees with the Legal Education and Training Review’s recommendations to introduce a licensing regime for paralegals. The vast majority of paralegals are employed in regulated entities and are supervised by authorised persons, it says.Edmonds noted there was a risk that regulators would not share the same interpretation of the LETR’s report. ‘There is perhaps an even bigger risk that debate about the meaning of the report will slow down momentum.’John Wotton, chair of the Law Society’s education and training board, described the LSB’s proposal as ‘inappropriate and misguided’. He said the proposed statutory guidance ‘trespasses upon the proper role of the approved regulators and this consultation represents an unwelcome distraction from the work that the approved regulators need to get on with.‘The LSB and its chairman may be disappointed with the contents of the [LETR] report, but we strongly urge the SRA and other ARs not to dance to the LSB’s tune in discharging their responsibilities in this area, which is so vital to the future health of the legal sector.’The LSB’s consultation closes on 11 December.last_img read more