"We are starting a pilot for Tilapia farming in Mozambique, modeled from our successful project in Madagascar, but adapted to Mozambican conditions," says Anne Mugaas, project manager in Norges Vel. The aim is that the pilot will prepare the ground for a major effort to contribute to food safety and poverty reduction through industry development in aquaculture.
In Madagascar, Tilapia farming provides jobs and increased prosperity for local women and men. In four years, the small producers participating in this Norges Vel’s project turned the farming from deficit to profits and tripled their own income. At the same time, the volume of production, the number of ponds and manufacturers continues to increase.
"Based on the good results from Madagascar, we wish to develop a sustainable model for Tilapia farming that creates profitable jobs, is attractive to private investors and which in the long term can provide a basis for further business development in both Chokwé and other relevant areas of Mozambique, says Mugaas.
Pilot project for a profitable and sustainable Tilapia farming
Throughout the 30 months duration of the pilot, Norges Vel and partners will develop a model that will contribute to:
A profitable and sustainable model for Tilapia farming in Mozambique
The project will demonstrate profitable Tilapia farming for SMEs and potential Tilapia producers in the Chokwé region, who want to learn Tilapia farming as a future full-time livelihood. This includes design of ponds, systems for water intakes and emissions, green water production, feeding, production follow-up, harvesting and cooling / preparation of the fish, as well as marketing and sales. In other words, the pilot will demonstrate the entire integrated chain of production activities.
Test and develop the market for Tilapia
Tilapia is not available everywhere today and it is necessary to develop a sales and marketing strategy. Tilapia is well known to most people, and with reasonable prices, it will most likely create a good demand for the fish. The fish will be tested for sale in the local area, in the capital Maputo, and possibly other potential markets. A study will be conducted on the market potential both nationally and for industrial development.
An integrator model to promote further business development through Tilapia farming
An integrator will be established that contributes to joint efforts, joint training for producers in profitable farming, and which ensures joint marketing and sales. In time it will also work closely with the authorities to achieve the necessary framework conditions for sustainable business development. If the pilot is successful, the integrator will be driven and further developed to ensure it is sustainable and can stand on its own.
The project lasts until May 2019 and is financed through the Norwegian embassy in Mozambique.
Project management, experience transfer and organization
"We take our experiences from Madagascar and develop a model adapted to the conditions in Chokwé. The Mozambique project will be more business-oriented, and if the pilot succeeds, this may be developed in a larger scale than the project in Madagascar, says Mugaas.
Norges Vel will contribute to the following in the project:
- Project and process management
- Organizing, business development and marketing
- Secure participation and ownership by producers and SMEs throughout the value chain
"We invite local businesses and contractors into the project, and are especially focused on women’s participation," Mugaas says.
In the project, Norges Vel cooperates with a Norwegian specialist in profitable Tilapia farming from egg to market, with solid experience from Asia. The local company Papá Pesca and the TechnoServe organization will respectively contribute to the implementation of the demonstration area of the Integrator in place (country, personnel / services and follow-up of small entrepreneurs) and with further mapping of national opportunities and obstacles, as well as proposals for further measures to create a sustainable model.
Contributes to food safety and local business development
The world needs more food and the pressure on natural resources is increasing. A sustainable aquaculture sector means a lot for global food security and nutrition. When 29 percent of the world's fish stocks are overutilized and 61 percent are fully utilized, production growth must occur within aquaculture, i.e. cultivation of the natural nutrients found in fresh and salt water.
Through the establishment of sustainability organizations for tilapia farming, Norges Vel contributes to food security, local business development and poverty reduction in local communities.
Did you know…
Tilapia is an unknown fish here in Norway, but in a global context it is well known and is the most increasingly farmed fish. In addition, Tilapia grows fast even though they don't need much food.