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Marketing as a Factor in Fishculture Development in El Salvador


Parkman, Ralph, E. McCoy

Date: 1977

Funding Agency: USAID

Keywords: el salvador, marketing, aquaculture, fisheries, development, international

Category: International Country Report

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has been suggested by
the Government
of El Salvador

as a source of high quality protein to
improve the

of low-income Salvadorians. Large
quantities of inexpensive

fish are needed.

Large commercial fish farms can contribute significantly

to the future supply of fish in the cities. For these fish

to provide one-third of the additional need for fish in urban

areas in 1985, ponds totaling 580 hectares will be required.

Family fish ponds represent an important source of fish

to rural areas. Fish produced in family ponds can provide

animal protein for the immediate farm family and cash income

through sales to neighboring families. It is estimated

that approximately 359 hectares of family ponds will be required

to meet the additional need for fish in rural areas in


A prerequisite to increased production of pond-raised fish

is government input. While technical assistance provided

by agencies of the GOES will allow development of large

commercial farms, family pond development requires a well

coordinated promotion-extension program designed specifically

for the small farmer.

Agencies of the GOES have done much to increase pond

fish production and efforts in this area should be continued.

Though progress is slow and difficult to measure, the
development of fishculture is one important means by which

the GOES can improve the quality of life for many of the

Salvadoran poor.

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