Photos credit: Karen Sachica Cepeda (Colombia)
Review: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)
The inserted pictures show the tilapia feeding in an earthen pond located in Boyaca, Colombia.
Tilapias are cultured using different methods such as cages, intensive culture and mainly earthen ponds such as the ponds shown in the picture. There are several feed mills in Colombia where artificial feed with different protein levels are produced.
Earthen ponds may be fertilized using either organic manure (livestock, chicken or pig) or common chemical fertilizers.
Tilapia in Colombia represents an important species whose culture technology was developed elsewhere before its introduction into Colombia. Tilapia aquaculture contributes significantly to Colombian aquaculture. According to FAO statistics, farmed tilapia produced 57,000, 58,500 and 61,065 tons in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.