Aquaculture: Food and employment

There are currently hundreds of trained aquaculture farmers – both men and women – in Mauritius. The purpose of offering training programmes is to encourage people to develop their own small aquaculture businesses, increase fish production and reduce the island’s expensive reliance on imported food. Once trained, the farmers can access preferential-rate loans from the government and receive a quota of fish larvae, thereby enabling them to set up their own fresh-water aquaculture operations or establish fish farms in the lagoon.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.