Credit: Fadhili Ruzika (Tanzania)
The photo shows a greenhouse-type hatchery for Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. The hatchery has been constructed at the Ruhila Aquaculture Development Center. It may be of interest to know, this type of tilapia hatchery has been designed by a colleague who attended an earlier EICA training course in 2010. The hatchery is in operation whereas about 5 million mixed sex tilapia fingerlings are produced. Arrangements for mono-sex tilapia production are in progress.
The produced fingerlings are distributed to farmers, where they buy at Tanzanian shiling 50/fingerling. Others are restocked in natural water bodies; demand for fish is not high in this area. Though, after awareness the number of farmers is increasing.