On August 1, the Strategic Program for the Transformation of Aquaculture in Côte d’Ivoire (also known as PSTACI) was officially launched at the Loka fish farming station (Bouaké). The Prime Minister announced that the project aims to produce more than 500,000 tons of fish per year.
“With the official launch of the Strategic Program for the Transformation of Aquaculture in Côte d’Ivoire, the PSTACI, we are taking an absolutely fundamental step in the 2030 vision of the President of the Republic, for a more prosperous and united country. Thanks to the PSTACI method, Côte d’Ivoire aspires to produce more than 500,000 tons of fish, thus gaining its full food sovereignty”, Patrick Achi pointed out.
Currently, fish represents more than 50% of the intake of animal protein, according to the Head of Government; however, he points out that the country’s national fishery production only covers 14% of the population’s needs. The country has to massively import frozen fish to reduce this deficit, at an estimated cost of 300 billion FCFA per year.
The PSTACI was established in February 2022, for a renewable period of 5 years. According to Patrick Achi, it will make the development of aquaculture a privileged instrument for economic growth, food security, job creation and the fight against poverty.
The project will contribute to total self-sufficiency in fishery products, for a value chain estimated at around 825 billion CFA francs.