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May 15, 2018 15:14

Data on the tilapia market are presented in Embrapa's books

Embrapa Fisheries and Aquaculture announced the launch of its works "Diagnosis of the Value Chain of Tilapicultura in Brazil" and Socioeconomic Dimension of Tilapicultura in Brazil ", which present data gathered with different links in the country's tilapia production chain. The works include the development history of each pole, its productive and market characteristics.

Researchers, technicians, students and interested in the subject can find a complete survey of the tilapia chair in the five main fish producing poles in Brazil, being Paraná, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Ceará and São Francisco. The works are available for free download on the site of the research center.

Renata Melon Barroso, author of the publications, says that the two books are the main products of her research project, from 2015 to 2017. "Tilapia is a species that has a lot of information, but in a dispersed and fragmented way. That is why we had the initiative to propose this project, to better systematize the data, "explains the analyst at Embrapa, who also insisted on a socioeconomic survey of the whole chain. With this data on labor, the participation of the woman, generation of jobs and salaries were also verified during the study.

Tilapia farming leads Brazilian aquaculture in volume and market. According to Eric Arthur Routledge, Deputy Head of Research and Development at Embrapa Fisheries and Aquaculture, there is room for production to grow even more. "Tilapia is a chain capable of competing with the beef, pork and chicken chains, as well as reducing imports of imported fish fillets that negatively pressure the Brazilian trade balance by billions of dollars every year," he says. .

The works also show the dynamism of the activity, bringing a period of survey of data between its peak and its total decay, registered in an interval of only two years. In addition, the social differences of the Brazilian producing regions were reflected in the book. Renata says that job creation was one of the topics that caught the attention of the researchers.

For Renata, it is important to emphasize the development of technologies at low cost and in associativism. "The producer who does not work through a cooperative is very fragile. It has no volume of production, nor can it bargain for price. It is the only viable way for the little ones, "he concludes. The information is from Embrapa Fishing and Aquaculture.