Egypt faces a growing population and shrinking supplies of water. The Ministry of Agriculture recognizes that increasing crop and livestock production per unit of water and land is an essential priority. Fish has been identified as one of the two most important livestock sub-sectors for future national food security. However, to meet the growing demand for fish in the face of static returns from capture fisheries, new supplies will have to come from aquaculture and increasing the productivity of already existing fish farms.
While Egypt has struggled with violence and political unrest over the past year, the country’s aquaculture sector has experienced stability and growth with the introduction of a new fast-growing strain of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus).
Econometric techniques were used to estimate a production function for tilapia pond culture in El-Fayum Governorate, Egypt, utilizing cross-sectional field data. Explanatory variables were feed, initial stocking weight, and pond size.
Experts at a linkage event here today stressed for enhanced cultivation of mono-sex Tilapia fish through adopting the improved farming management technology for boosting fish production in rural areas.
A fish pond provides nutritious fish for the family. Before you start to think about how much fish your family needs to eat, whether you will also have extra fish to sell, where to sell your fish and whether you can sell them at a profit. Visit other people who are farming fish and find out what they think.
Over 50 news outlets around the world have recognized the benefits of the ‘Akosombo’ and ‘Abbassa’ strains of Nile tilapia that grow around 30% faster than common commercial varieties, developed by WorldFish and partners, as reported in a recent WorldFish press release.
Two improved breeds of Nile Tilapia that grow up to 30% faster are helping farmers in West Africa and Egypt to increase the productivity of their fish farms. Almost 4 million people across Africa depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods, and faster-growing fish bring vast economic, productivity, nutrition and food security benefits.