MOFCOM provides a grant worth TND 4.6 million dinars for the Shrimp Farm Project
Constant 2017 USD
Funding agency [Type]
China Ministry of Commerce [Government Agency]
Agriculture, forestry, fishing (Code: 310)
On February 29, 2012, the Chinese Government and the Government of Tunisia signed an exchange of letters for the provision of a grant from the Chinese Government for Tunisia's Shrimp Farm Project (see '援突尼斯对虾养殖中心项目施工图设计外审工作圆满结束'). China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) was the source of funding (see 'Deputy Director Ai Yinfang led the inspection team of the Ministry of Commerce to inspect our Tunisian foreign aid project'). It provided TND 4.6 million dinars in total for the project (see 'Tunisie : Un projet d’unité d’élevage de crevettes à Mahdia'). The purpose of the project was to build a shrimp farm in the town of Melloulech (M'loulèche o rملولش) within the Mahdia Governorate (see 'Tunisia: Mahdia - Shrimp Farming Project in M'loulèche Governorate of Mahdia'). The project site was located in a swamp (sebkha) (see 'Tunisie : Un projet d’unité d’élevage de crevettes à Mahdia'). It occupied an area of about 4,000 square meters (see '驻突尼斯大使火正德视察中国养虾示范中心项目'). The grounds included shrimp nurseries, breeding farms, dormitories for staff, warehouses, cafeterias, roads, fences, and supporting equipment and materials. Upon completion, it was envisioned that the farm would undertake shrimp breeding experiments, trial production, and training activities. Guangdong Agriculture and Animal Husbandry International Cooperation Corporation was the general contractor responsible for implementation. Beijing Dayang Bihai Fishery Planning and Design Institute served as a project design subcontractor (see '援突尼斯对虾养殖中心项目施工图设计外审工作圆满结束'). After discussions with the Technical Center of Aquaculture, an agency under Tunisia's Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries and the beneficiary of this project, the project design and project implementation contract were signed on August 28, 2012 (see '援突尼斯对虾养殖中心项目施工图设计外审工作圆满结束').The farm was originally expected to be completed and put into operation in 2013 (see '驻突尼斯大使火正德视察中国养虾示范中心项目'). However, the construction of the farm was ultimately completed and handed over to the local authorities on July 24, 2014. The same day, the one-year technical cooperation period began; it would be completed (see '援突尼斯对虾养殖中心项目取得显著成果' and 'Après la réussite d’un projet pilote, la Tunisie misera sur l’élevage des crevettes !'). The project completion ceremony was held on October 11, 2014 (see '中国援突尼斯养虾示范中心项目竣工'). The project handover certificate was issued on November 4, 2014 (see '我援突尼斯对虾养殖示范中心项目交接证书签署').The farm grew whiteleg shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei. At the start of 2015, about 580,000 shrimp larvae had been released to carry out breeding experiments. After 120 days of management, the shrimp developed normally, all reaching commercial specifications. On May 17, 2015, a shrimp harvesting ceremony was held at the project site; a total of 1880 kg of shrimp were harvested. The average yield was 27,330 kg per hectare, and the highest yield was 34,000 kg per hectare (see '援突尼斯对虾养殖中心项目结硕果 填补突对虾养殖历史空白').
This project is also known as the China Shrimp Farming Demonstration Center project, the Shrimp Breeding Center Project, and the China-aided Tunisia Shrimp Farming Demonstration Center Project. The Chinese project title is 援突尼斯对虾养殖中心项目 or 突尼斯对虾养殖中心项目 or 中国养虾示范中心项目 or 马赫迪亚养虾示范中心. The French project title is Projet d’unité d’élevage de crevettes.No source explicitly states the date of the completion of the technical training, but judging by articles after 2015 praising the success of the shrimp farm, AidData has assumed it was completed (one such article was 'Après la réussite d’un projet pilote, la Tunisie misera sur l’élevage des crevettes !'). Still, in the absence of a specific date of completion, AidData has elected to use the project completion ceremony as the end date.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Technical Center of Aquaculture (CTA) [Government Agency]
Implementing agencies [Type]
Beijing Dayang Bihai Fishery Planning and Design Institute Co., Ltd. [State-owned Company]; Guangdong Agriculture and Animal Husbandry International Cooperation Corporation [State-owned Company]; Technical Center of Aquaculture (CTA) [Government Agency]