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Ghana Pond Feed Trial Comes to Conclusions

GHANA - The Ghana Ministry of Fisheries has successfully concluded a 10-month pond feeding trials with all-male tilapia at the Aquaculture Adaptive Trials Centre at Nkawie in the Ashanti Region, and has subsequently identified palletised feed as the most suitable for commercial aquaculture production.

According to GraphicOnline, the objective of the trial was to demonstrate tilapia growth and economic performance from fingerling to market stages.

The news agency says that the all-male tilapia exhibited excellent growth from five grammes to an average of 500 grammes over the 10-month period when they were fed on Raanan palletised fish feed imported from Israel by Dizengoff Ghana Limited.

The feed retained good water quality, and no pond water flushing was required. Additionally the fish growth with the feed yielded a high economic return.

A total of 4,400 fingerlings were stocked in the pond, which was equipped with stand-by aeration at the latter stages of the trials.

At a field demonstration on the production of the all-male tilapia, using the palletised feed at Nkawie last week, Mr Emmanuel Nii Aryee, Ashanti Regional Director of the Ministry of Fisheries, said the move was a major success in the ministry’s quest in promoting aquaculture.