Credit: Juan Martin Canturin Garcia (Peru)
Review: Juan Martin Canturin Garcia and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)
The inserted photo shows the intensive culture of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in floating cages which are located in the Puno region. These cages are made of metal frames of 10 m by 10 m and 7-m deep each cage can produce about 10 MT of trout.
The growth of trout farming in this region has been promoted in part through several initiatives including the implementation of the Support Programme for Productive Competitiveness ‘Puno Competes’, among other issues. Through, “Puno Competes” about 190 cages were established in 2014. Moreover, the hatchery facility required has been delivered for the production of trout eggs and fry throughout the area surrounding Lake Titicaca. The local government has invested in this programme to purchase cages and equipment for the benefit of trout producers in the area.
Starting 2013, approximately 30,000 tons of trout are produced annually in Puno placing this region as one of the top producers nationwide. This growing production of trout highlighted the need for a transportation system for producing fish to markets outside the Puno region.