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Tilapia fish farming demands high: Koroilavesau

May 18, 2018 1:00 am

In a bid to meet the high demands of tilapia fish farming from rural and in-land farmers, the Fisheries Ministry has introduced new production methods.

Minister Responsible, Semi Koroilavesau informed parliament this morning, the Ministry supplies fish fingerlings to close almost five hundred farmers.

Koroilavesau says the Ministry’s production capacity sits at one million fingerlings annually, however, demands from farmers are doubled.

“We are currently tying two methods of fingerling production and they are incubator system and Harper Breeding method. Both these methods increase efficiency and survival rate of the fingerling, leading to increased production. The Harper Breeding method has been successfully trailed and is being used in places such as Monfort Boys Town and Nausori village to stock up their own pools.”

Koroilavesau says the Ministry has received high interest from other farmers to access and use the Harper Breeding method.

He adds tilapia is one of the most important target species for farm fish production.

The Minister says it is also vital for food security hence, the new methods are necessary.

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