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JAMAICA | PNP calls on gov't to address severe shortage of fish fingerlings

  • Written by wiredja.com news team
  • Published in Agriculture
Featured Mr Lothan Cousins, M.P. Mr Lothan Cousins, M.P.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 15, 2020 : Shadow Minister of Agriculture and Water, Mr Lothan Cousins, M.P., is calling on the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green to urgently address the severe shortage of Red Tilapia fingerlings in the island. This shortage is seriously affecting fish farmers, who are struggling with their fish farms as a result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement today, Mr Cousins said fingerlings have been unavailable for some time now, causing severe hardship to many in the fish farming sector. He said the continued shortage threatens the survival of small fish farmers and could lead to a permanent fallout in their numbers.

The PNP Spokesman said he had received several complaints from farmers that their production has been constrained because of the Fisheries Division’s inability to supply them with fingerlings. 

Mr Cousins said from the information available to him, the farmers have submitted orders to the  Fisheries Division but have received no further communication from the Ministry on the timing of the supply of fingerlings. 

The Shadow Minister is also calling for expanded arrangements to supply quality fingerlings to the market.  He questioned how the Ministry could be serious about growing local food and protein production when this shortage has persisted for months.

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