n Farmer’s Weekly - Green-water tilapia culture: a cost-effective solution - perspectives in aquaculture

Volume 2018 Number 18014
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



In any intensive livestock production enterprise, the greatest operational cost is usually feed. Similarly, tilapia fed extruded pelletised feed in a clearwater production unit will result in a high-quality, but expensive, product. Typically, the cost of feeding fish in these systems is as high as 60% of the selling price.If you add labour, transport and packaging costs, profit may be marginal. To mitigate these high input costs, a wholesale price of R40/ kg to R55/kg is usually realised. This is unaffordable to many in South Africa, and poses a high risk for the producer.

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