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Progress Report 0n Fisheries Development in Brazil


Jensen, John

Date: 1974

Funding Agency: USAID

Keywords: brazil, extension, aquaculture, international, fisheries, development

Category: International Country Report

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Technical assistance rendered under the Auburn University

Brazil Contract, AID/ csd-2270,
Task Order No. 8, provided

the initial impetus and
training for forming an extension

service for intensive fishculture within the DNOCS

of Fisheries and Fishculture. This program put research results

to practical use in intensive fishculture, which was introduced

for the first time to farms
inNortheast Brazil. Also,

training personnel in basic extension methods was a major

accomplishment during the present contract.

For continued progress in
fo1ming an extension service

capable of satisfying the
needs of fam1ers and for systematic

development of intensive
fishculture to its fullest possibilities,

the following recommendations
are presented:

Extension Personnel

Expansion of intensive
fishculture will require more trained

extensionists to provide the
necessary technical assistance

that farmers will need.
Perhaps through agreements with the

state agricultural extension
services, DNOCS will be able to

meet this manpower
requirement. Other possibilities include

interagency agreements
providing for the transfer of personnel

from the State Secretary of
Agriculture to DNOCS, which


has been done before, or by
assigning current DNOCS employees

to extension work.

New extension workers from
whatever source will require

up to a yea•·’s training in
fishculture and extension work. Personnel

chosen should be those who
appear to be motivated

for this type work and
sensitive to the problems of the people

they arc to assist.

In view of the greatly
increased workload that is expected

in fisheries extension, DNOCS
should begin its training program

as soon as possible.

Fingerling Supply

To date, DNOCS has had no
problem providing sufficient

numbers of fingerlings to the
few farmers involved. Within

perhaps 2 years, however, the
presently existing DNOCS fish

hatcheries will not have the
capacity to supply the fingerlings

that will be required.

To prepare for future
fingerling requests, DNOCS should

initiate fingerling
production in all hatcheries in areas where

intensive fishculture is to
be introduced, increase the fingerling

production capacity of all
hatcheries by constructing

more spawning ponds, and authorize
fingerling production by

a selected few private
farmers or firms. The last method

should provide the most important
permanent source of hybrid

fingerlings in the years

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