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TECHNICAL DIAGNOSIS OF THE FISH PRODUCTION CHAIN IN ANCUYA, CHILES AND EL ENCANO (NARIÑO, COLOMBIA)  [2013]

Iván A. Sánchez-Ortiz Rosa B. Cañal-Cañal Universidad de Nariño [Corporate Author]

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Aquaculture has been one of fastest-growing productive activities on the food sector over the last few years. The Department of Nariño has great potential for fish production due to its strategic geographical position, water abundance and the different climate areas; however, this sector of production is still excluded if compared with other regions in the country. The main objective of this research was to diagnose the fish production chain in the Municipality of Ancuya as well as on Chiles and El Encano towns located in the Department of Nariño. The information was collected through the use of focalized surveys and field data measurements in 26 fish farms. It was possible to establish how important it is for producers to formalize the farms legal matters related to title deeds, entity registrations and water use permits. Additionally, producers require training on water flow and quality control procedures, water replacement, improving existent infrastructure, appropriate water intakes with critical events protection and structures for raw water quality improvement such as sand trap tanks. It could be noticed that 60% of producers do not carry out fish size-selection techniques, apply the use of diet tables or follow specific management plans and the vast majority are neglected in transforming the product. On the other hand, 85% of fish farmers use part of the production for personal use, demonstrating the importance of this activity for solving food secu
rity problems. A 69% stated their intentions of expanding the activities although they expressed that the most frequent limitations for achieving that goal are the lack of land and water availability.

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Investigación Pecuaria

ISSN : 2248-4558