Animal protein, fatty acids and other essential vitamins and minerals are the benefits that fish provide human nutrition. Fish farms are providing a larger percentage of commercial fish as technology and economic entrepreneurship begin to expand as the need increases. As production increases at new aquafarms emerge prices of the fish will drop and make them more affordable to all members of society.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Excellency Mariano Assanami Sabino, endorsed the strategy stating that combating poverty and malnutrition has been a foremost priority of the government since its independence in 2002.
Developed with assistance from WorldFish, the strategy spans from 2012 to 2030 and will focus on building new infrastructure and technical ability to support aquaculture enterprises, which will also lead to improved economic growth.
Excellency Assanami says that developing aquaculture will bring much needed benefits to the country.
“Aquaculture contributes to food and nutrition security and resilience, diversification of livelihoods of inland and coastal communities, and economic growth in Timor-Leste,” he says.
Fish provide animal protein, essential fatty acids and micronutrients like Vitamin A, Iron, Zinc and Calcium essential for a balanced diet.
It also plays an important role in supplying essential fats for brain development and cognition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. Click this link to finish reading Tackling poverty and malnutrition with aquaculture.
Another important factor in fish farming is the establishment of new jobs which can benefit the lives of the unemployed. There are several upsides and only a few downsides of commercial fish farms-which include pressure on an already delicate eco-systems that they customarily are located in. Careful monitoring of the farming operations generally aid in the environment not being harmed by the process.