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Brazil and Portugal to cooperate in food production

Staff writer ▼ | June 5, 2015
Brazil and Portugal will be partners in the development of fisheries and aquaculture.
Brazil fisheries
Friend   Ministers of the distant countries announced:
This was announced by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), Helder Barbalho, after meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Affairs of Portugal, Assunção Creitas.

During the meeting, held in Lisbon, it was agreed that the two countries will sign a cooperation agreement to strengthen the activity.

"As I’m leaving, I feel certain that this partnership will be a major boost for Brazil to overcome its challenges and develop the strategy of becoming a country specialised in fish," said Barbalho.

The minister asked the Brazilian ambassador, Mario Vivalva, to coordinate the cooperation agreement between both countries.

"We have a common challenge: to become self-sufficient in fish proteins. We intend to achieve it," said Helder Barbalho, who is travelling abroad to participate in the Blue Week and raise awareness of the planned actions in Europe.

At the Brazilian Embassy in Lisbon, Helder Barbalho spoke with Portuguese entrepreneurs on the Fisheries and Aquaculture Harvest Plan, aquaculture insurance and the transfer of technology for boats.

In addition, the minister learnt about the vessel localization project, which has been implemented in Portugal and Angola.

Another important visit was to the Sea Research Institute, where he had the opportunity to learn about projects and start talks for possible alliances. The minister spoke about the characteristics of the Brazilian fisheries and said that in southern Brazil fishing for mullet is traditional.