Fiji tilapia farmers to open hatcheries


tilapia-farmingFive local tilapia farmers, who attended a two-week course on aquaculture in Bangkok, Thailand, have returned and are ready to put their newly acquired knowledge into practice.

The training was part of the Increasing Agricultural Commodities Trade (IACT) project, an EU funded and Pacific Community (SPC) implemented project which has been supporting Fiji’s recovery from the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Winston.

An assessment of the damage caused by tropical cyclone Winston in Fiji’s aquaculture sector highlighted an acute supply shortage of tilapia fry and fingerlings.

The aquaculture course, facilitated by Asia Institute of Technology (AIT), provided participants with hands-on training on how to set up and run tilapia hatcheries and grow-out farms.

Supporting the rehabilitation of local tilapia hatcheries will not only strengthen livelihoods in the aquaculture sector, but will also provide important health benefits by making tilapia available to consumers in Fiji at an affordable cost.

‘Living in Naitasiri highlands, it is difficult to come by fresh fish. It is important that fish is available to people like me living in such a remote area because of its health benefits,” said Iowane Vere, one of the five participants who attended the training in Thailand.

“Tilapia farming gives our community the option of choosing something other than meat to eat. A hatchery in our community will encourage neighbouring villages to take up tilapia farming as well,” added Mr Vere. Read more.