A FISH farm in Mundulundulu village in Siavonga district of Southern Province run by Lakefarm and Fishing Lodge is seeking partners to establish a tilapia hatchery in the district.
Presently, the company was growing bream fish in grow-out cages on the lake for sale to the public and was in the process of establishing one of the largest tilapia hatcheries in Zambia.
Company chief executive officer Chiozya Mwanza said the company was planning to establish and profitably operate a tilapia hatchery at the company’s Mundulundulu site in Siavonga.
Mr Mwanza said the technology would be an indoor hatchery, with sex reversal at a minimum of 95 per cent and production of at least 5,000,000 tilapia fingerlings per cycle.
This is according to a statement posted on AgriProFocus Website by Mr Mwanza.
“Lakefarm is in the process of establishing one of the largest tilapia hatcheries in Zambia. We are actively seeking partners to develop the tilapia hatchery. This will enable us to produce at least 5,000,000 tilapia fingerlings per cycle,” he said.
Mr Mwanza said the company was also planning to become Southern Africa’s largest producer of tilapia using indoor Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) with the hope to produce four million tonnes of tilapia annually.
He said the indoor RAS would allow Lakefarms to grow tilapia in a clean environment to a degree not available in open system aquaculture ponds, net-pens and flow-through.
Mr Mwanza said RAS maximised water re-use through the removal of solids, bio-filtration, gas balancing, oxygenation and disinfection further eliminating the need for a large water source as well as the environmental impact associated with disposing of wastewater.
“Lakefarms plans to lead the industry in all aquaculture performance measures, including high growth rates, high production densities, low Feed Conversion Ratio’s and very low mortalities.
“The company understands the negative effects of stress on the animals and maintains ideal living conditions for optimal and efficient growth,” he said.
Mr Mwanza said from an environmental perspective, Lakefarms believed RAS was the most environmentally beneficial source of protein because of its relatively small ecological footprint, the high water re-use and captured effluent with no environmental discharge.