15th November 2015 – We finished our first Tilapia Pond in the Philippines!
The International Trade Council Tilapia Farming Project is a self-sustaining project sponsored wholly by the International Trade Council and operates in the Philippines. It is designed to create a self-sustaining fish harvest initiative specifically aimed at enhancing food production, reducing malnutrition, and encourage economic sustainability with a viable and marketable product.
In addition to supporting peoples nutrition and income, tilapia production can contribute to hygienic waste disposal and improved sanitation. This is because Tilapia are able to feed off detrius which are typically considered harmful to humans. (A primary food source for the ITC pond below is pig, caribou and chicken manure).
With continuous production, the tilapia pond can generate approximately 3200 pounds of tilapia every four months. Starting with an initial number of fingerlings, farmers will nurture and cultivate young tilapias (fingerlings) until they grow into fully mature tilapias. Once the fish have grown to size — ½ to 1lb — they are ready for consumption/market. The entire process is expected to take four to six months,.
- Project location: Philippines
- Start of build of first pond: September 2015
- Finish build of first pond: November 2015 (includes water settling, growth of duck-weed for feed and fish stocking)
- Size of first pond: 6 meters x 15 meters
- Budget: $1800 USD (does not include land-lease cost)
- Number of fish stocked: 5500
The development of community tilapia ponds by ITC staff and volunteers goes towards the Council’s goal of introducing the practice of sustainable aquaculture to the food deficit countries we serve as a viable means to provide a low-cost, accessible nutrition source to the poor.