Tilapia ex­perts gather in Egypt

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A TILAPIA fo­rum was held in Egypt re­cently to bring to­gether the world’s lead­ing pro­duc­ers and share in­sights into the in­dus­try.

Or­gan­ised by feed group Skret­ting, the meet­ing be­gan in Cairo be­fore mov­ing south to Aswan, and was by in­vi­ta­tion only.

Skret­ting’s top 50 tilapia farm­ing cus­tomers from around the world joined lead­ing au­thor­i­ties from ar­eas such as genet- ics, farm­ing, health, raw ma­te­ri­als, feed, nutri­tion, pro­cess­ing and re­tail.

Ar­jen Roem, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Skret­ting Africa, said: ‘We brought these com­pa­nies and ex­perts to­gether for the first time; partly to en­able im­por­tant net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, but also to share tech­ni­cal and in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tions from across the value

chain. As one of the world’s lead­ing tilapia pro­duc­ing coun­tries, Egypt pro­vided the ideal set­ting to show the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor and the broader sup­ply chain that as well as salmon and shrimp, Skret­ting is also lead­ing the way when it comes to tilapia farm­ing on a global scale.’

It is es­ti­mated that the global tilapia har­vest has now reached a level of around six mil­lion tonnes, con­sid­er­ably more than the an­nual pro­duc­tion of salmonids and shrimp.

To­day, more tilapia is pro­duced in Asia than in the species’ na­tive Africa, and its pro­duc­tion has grown at a sig­nif­i­cant rate in many re­gions around the world.

How­ever, it is widely recog­nised that the po­ten­tial ex­ists to in­crease pro­duc­tion dra­mat­i­cally. To fa­cil­i­tate this growth, bring great- er mar­ket cred­i­bil­ity and im­prove mar­gins, the tilapia sec­tor has put strong em­pha­sis on ad­vanc­ing its pro­duc­tion sys­tems.

‘In ad­di­tion to look­ing at the mar­ket de­vel­op­ments in re­cent years, dis­cus­sions at the fo­rum fo­cused on the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing the tilapia sec­tor to­day and in the fu­ture,’ said Roem.

‘For ex­am­ple, with soya bean be­ing a key in­gre­di­ent in tilapia feeds, there were ses­sions on the sit­u­a­tion and out­look for raw ma­te­ri­als, as well as for the ap­pli­ca­tion of novel feed in­gre­di­ents.’

Skret­ting has opened tilapia feed plants in key mar­kets in Africa, in­clud­ing Egypt, Nige­ria and, most re­cently, Zam­bia.

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