The Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi had the honour of stocking the first fish to the Norges Vel's pilot project of tilapia farming. Anne Lene Dale was also present, Norway's ambassador to Mozambique. The stocking happened in conjunction with an event opening the Norway funded tilapia hatchery next to the plant.
- Through Norges Vel's pilot project 24 ponds of more than 2000 square meters each have been built. 12 people come to receive a course in the farming of the freshwater tilapia fish. The farmers will live in the area and receive teaching in tilapia farming and in the longer term company development. They also get access to intermediate goods like fish, fodder and more. Says Norges Vel's project leader Anne Mugaas.
Market study to secure sustainability
Tilapia is the most farmed fish in Asia, and there is a growing interest in the farming of the fish in Africa as well. From March 2018 the program will be delivering fresh fish, both locally and to the markets in Chokwe and the capital Maputo which is three hours drive away. The fish will be sold whole, gutted and freshly on ice.
- The production in the ponds is such that the fish can be harvested weekly to ensure regular shipments to the marked. There is a market study being done that is assessing segments of the closest markets in Chokwe and Maputo, Mugaas says.
Supported by the Norwegian embassy in Mozambique
The pilot is supported by the Norwegian embassy in Mozambique, and implemented by the SMB Papa Pesca that receives funding and input from Norges Vel as well as hired tilapia specialists with vast experiece from Asia and other areas.
The pilot will from 2016 to 2019 test profitable production, possible profitable markets and orgisation of the production chain, from fry to market. The goal is to work with more small and medium-large businesses (SMB) and that the framework for the project will spread with the potential for larger tilapia based industrial growth in Mozambique.
Building on the experience from Madagascar
The reason that the pilot in Mozambique is within Norges Vel's experience is because of the development of the local business measure Tilapia de l'Est on Madagascar which currently has around 200 members. These are today earning more than minimum wage on professional farming and sale of Nile tilapia to local markets.