Tilapia fertility spawns trouble for Ghana’s pond farmers

While the demand for tilapia in Ghana is at an all-time high, the country’s pond tilapia producers are struggling to stay afloat, according to Efua Konyim Okai.

Ghana’s 1,600 or so small-scale tilapia farmers should be reaping the rewards of high consumer demand for their product at the moment. Yet despite their numbers, they account for less than 10 percent of national aquaculture production, which is dominated by a handful of cage farmers, most of them operating along Lake Volta. Many of the country’s pond producers, meanwhile, point to the high cost of feed, which consumes over 70 percent of their average operating budget, as the main reason for small-scale aquaculture’s poor performance….(thefishsite.com)…

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