Photo credit: James Lungile Dhlomo (Zimbabwe)
Review: James Lungile Dhlomo and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)
The inserted picture shows a typical fish located in Nabusenga Irrigation Scheme of Binga District, Zimbabwe. The average size of the pond is 2000 m2 (20 x 10 m). The species commonly farmed is Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. In this particular location, tilapia fingerlings are brought from a hatchery located at Kariba (600 km distance). The growing season is about 8 months. During which, fish are fed artificial feed consisting mainly locally available food stuff and byproducts. A large size tilapia of up to 800-g is produced after the growing season. According to FAO statistics, total aquaculture production in Zimbabwe amounted 10,600 tons in 2015.