A new, improved strain of tilapia could have enormous benefits for India’s poor, boosting yields, increasing nutritional benefits and opening aquaculture to more people. Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) could address the twin problems Indian producers face with current strains by improving the quality of the broodstock and increasing efficiencies. The project, in partnership with Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture, involves the establishment of a nucleus for the selective breeding and genetic improvement of the GIFT tilapia in India. Its goal is to produce fast-growing, high-yielding, low-cost strains that are adapted to the needs of India’s farmers. Once a core breeding station is established, the aim is to broaden the scope by establishing satellite stations in key regions.

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