Thursday, August 22, 2013

SELECTIVE BREEDING PROJECT FOR 3 SPOT TILAPIA PROF. RANA, FAO CONSULTANT: 5 August – 17 August 2013





Prof. Rana visted Namibia with an official FAO mission  "Project GCP/NAM/014/SPA" which have the overall objective to improve the genetic potential of Three Spotted Tilapia (Oreochromis Andersonii) for aquaculture production through  selective breeding. The mission took place from the 5th  to the 17th of August 2013. Prof. Rana met Aquaculture staff from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) at Omahenene/Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Center from 8 to 11 August. He then travelled to Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI) where he inspected the facilities and met with Aquaculture staff at KIFI from 13 to 14 August 2013.

The first phase will deal with the development of a founder population. Selection from the founder population will then aim at developing an improved Three Spot Tilapia for commercial production purposes. This proses will take years with extreme dedication and commitment required from MFMR research staff to be successfull.  

Prof. Rana explaining technical issues regarding the breeding project to MFMR staff and Vietnamese's TA's at Omahenene/Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Center
Prof. Rana inspecting equipment and giving advice in the brooding house for the production of fry for the breeding project
A more comprehensive summary of the mission report will be published once available.

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