Epalela harvests seven tonnes of tilapia

08 Dec 2018 13:20pm
EPALELA, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – Seven tonnes of tilapia were harvested at the Epalela Fish Farm in the Omusati Region on Friday.
The fish was also processed and sold to members of the public during the annual harvest attended by Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau.
Epalela is the biggest government research demonstration fresh water production fish farm in Namibia.
Esau explained that the purpose of the farm is to demonstrate, by means of research production trials, improvements in economic efficiency and the viability of fresh water fish farming.
The farm has 12 ponds with the ability to produce 48 tonnes of fish annually.
“The cumulative harvest for this year is 14 tonnes and we estimate that we will have 30 tonnes by the end of this financial year (31 March 2019),” Esau stated.
The minister said Namibia’s sub-tropical climate hampers year-round freshwater aquaculture production as the country only has six months with optimum temperatures of at least 26 degrees Celsius.
He further said the good production at Epalela Fish Farm is a result of constant feed supply for the past two years by the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor).
Fishcor also assisted in setting up bird nets over the ponds to avoid birds preying on the fish, something which has also affected production.
Also speaking at the event was Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala, who encouraged people to engage in fish farming as it delivers quicker results than cattle farming.