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India plans to boost tilapia farming

There are several appealing factors for fish farmers, MPEDA believes.

India is looking at promoting tilapia farming to supply domestic and international markets and capture a share of a market currently dominated by China, reports The Economic Times.

A Jayathilak, chairman of India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), said tilapia fetches INR 120 (€1.70/$1.90) to INR 150 (€2.10/$2.30) per kg, delivered to farmers at a production cost of just INR 60 (€0.84/$0.93) per kg.

"A farmer can make a profit of INR 60,000 (€837.10/$932.10) from a 3-metric ton capacity tank with 60,000 fingerlings in a cycle lasting 45 days, and they can seven cycles annually,” Jayathilak said.

The diet of the fish, and the fingerlings survival rate are also appealing factors.

The MPEDA is expecting to raise the production of tilapia output in the country by increasing the seed supply of genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) to the farmers.

It recently launched a self-sufficiency project at its hatchery and training complex in Kochi to help farmers export their produce.

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