Extensive farming of red tilapia in Colombia

Photo credit: Andres Delgado (Colombia) Review: Andres Delgado and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

The inserted pictures show the culture of red tilapia in small ponds at Ricaurte which is a town and municipality in the Nariño Department (Colombia). In such small ponds, extensive farming system is typically applied as locally available feed is made of sown forages that are grown around the pond. As shown in the picture, a mesh nets are used to protect the farmed fish against possible predation by birds and/or mammals. In such system, an average size of about 300 g for harvested fish has been achieved after 8 months of culture.

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