Lake Arenal is one of the main sources of hydroelectric energy in the country, but a series of parallel economic activities important for the local rural economy has also emerged around it.
One of them is the one carried out by the Association of Tilapia Producers of Lake Arenal, located in Tronadora de Tilarán, which was benefited in 2020 with a “Credit in March” from the Rural Development Institute (Inder).
The organization is dedicated to raising tilapia in floating cages in the reservoir, with authorization from both the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Incopesca) and has a concession from the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) .
The credit granted was for ₡ 7 million, under very favorable conditions, such as a 2% fixed annual interest during the 5-year duration, which allowed them to have liquidity to offer their products to other companies and local businesses.
“With the resources we were able to buy the special food that the tilapias require, as well as fingerlings to increase production. In addition, we support ourselves with other expenses such as labor and payment of services, among others. This has allowed us to expand our offer and the market and now we can reach more local businesses in addition to the products that we are offering in the Chorotega Regional Wholesale Market and the PAI ”, indicated the president of the organization, Ismael López.
“At Inder we support aquaculture initiatives in the North and Central Pacific with oyster farms, the bivalve mollusk purification plant that was recently delivered in Punta Morales, as well as the research and production of snapper and shrimp from the Pacific Marine Park; to responsible fishermen’s organizations and of course we also do it with Tilapias del Lago ”, indicated the executive president of Inder, Harys Regidor Barboza during a visit to learn about the project.
The hierarch announced that this year the Inder will reinforce the work of Tilapias del Lago with non-reimbursable resources from the program “Promotion of Food Production and Security” for an additional ₡ 3.1 million to strengthen aquaculture activity with the purchase of 16 thousand fingerlings of tilapia, food and an industrial stock.
This organization is linked to the Association of Tilapia Producers (Aprotila) of Guatuso de Alajuela and both offer their products in the Chorotega Regional Wholesale Market in Sardinal de Carrillo. In addition, they are suppliers of the Institutional Supply Program (PAI) of the National Production Council (CNP).
Tilapias del Lago directly benefits the families of the 12 associated producers and indirectly 48 families in the community of San Luis de Tilarán.