Photos’ credit: Jean-Marie Manirambona (Burundi)
Review: Jean-Marie Manirambona and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)
The inserted pictures show a private tilapia cage farm in West Java. Tilapia which is not native to Indonesia has been introduced to Indonesia from Taiwan, Thailand, and Philippines and turned popular among fish farmers and consumers.
According to published statistics, in West Java province being one of the key tilapia producers, 63845 tons of tilapia have been produced from floating net cages in 2013 whereas the domestic consumption of tilapia in West Java averaged around 2 kg/capita/year during the period 2011-2013. Temperature in the site of cages ranges from 20-27 degrees Celsius with a height of about 700 meters above sea level.
The Balai Besar Pengembangan Budidaya Air Tawar (Main Center for Freshwater Aquaculture Development – MCFAD*), which is the Indonesian governmental research center, is supporting tilapia aquaculture through the development of new tilapia strains targeting higher productivity as well as better profitability to tilapia farmers.
*The old name of the center was BBPBAT before changing to MCFAD