Farming Tilapia

Dams for growing fish in different stages
Dams for growing fish in different stages

The processing of fish

Currently the only item in production is the Three Spot Tilapia. The tilapia is spawned every 10 days.

The female gather the eggs in her mouth. The eggs are then removed to induce further spawning.

The eggs are hatched in incubators and grown to fry.

Hatching the fish
Fry stage
Fry stage

At this stage they can be sold or grown to fingerlings where they can be sold live to other farmers or hobby fish farmers.

Selection process
Selection process

The rest of the fish are then grown to full size.

Releasing fish in the earth ponds.

Releasing Fish in Earth ponds

Once they reach 240g average weight they are harvested.

Full grown fish
Full grown fish

This involves slaughtering the fish and removing all visceral organs, gills and scales.

Slaughtering the fish
Slaughtering the fish

The fish are then reweighed and assigned according to size where it is then packaged and vacuum-sealed. A price is then assigned to the package and it is frozen.

Ready to go
Ready to go

The waste from production is stored and kept to feed to catfish as additional feed.

Going forward the amount of fish will increase with the addition of the oxygen as well as the earth ponds, we also expect that the average weight will increase, resulting in more processing options.  We also hope to open our own outlets in other towns such as Gaborone, Maun and Francistown.

There is a large export potential for these fish and further investigation is being done on the regulations and factors that would allow us to export.  At present, however we cannot even nearly meet local demand.