Entrepreneurs in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors are demanding that the government boost production of the species, whose consumption is projected to grow globally.
The government still has not spoken on the topic, but it is expected that industry representatives will meet with officials next week to refine the development plan for 2015, which includes raising tilapia.
The United States is the main market due to its proximity, but with new technologies for food preservation, lengthening their lifespans by up to four weeks, it is expected that more distant markets will be reached.
The fish farm Aquafinca Saint Peter Fish S.A. is the first production plant for Honduran tilapia to receive the Best Aquaculture Practices certification.
In order to promote responsible practice in the aquaculture industry, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has coordinated the development of Certification Standards of Best Aquaculture Practices (Best Aquaculture Practices - BAP) for hatchery facilities, farms and processing plants.
The company GACI, mostly funded by Chilean capital, will open a new production plant enabling it to produce 20,000 metric tons per year, and will now focus on the European market.
Tilapia exports from the only two companies who sell abroad, mainly to the United States, reached $36 million in the first ten months of the year.
Aquacorporación Group International (GACI) currently produces about 18,000 metric tons at its plant in Cañas, in the province of Guanacaste. Now they are building a plant to produce food for the tilapia, with an investment of $15 million, allowing them to increase annual production to 20,000 metric tons.
With a total of $60 million worth of tilapia fillet exported, Honduras has surpassed Ecuador as the largest supplier to the U.S.
Orlando Delgado manager of the company Aqua Finca Saint Peter Fish, said that during the first half of the year export totaled 4.5 million kilos representing an income of $30 million and expectations for this year are close to a historic volume of close to 8 6 million kilos.
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