Hot off the press comes a most encouraging and heart-warming report from our Tilapia Papa Joseph. In the report he talks about transporting 4,000 of our very own home grown fingerlings from the nursery ponds at Aloet to the grow out cages in Lake Opeta. We are astounded at the high success rate of our first complete breeding cycle, and equally relieved by the comparatively low rate of casualties due to transportation by our tricycle, especially as there was no oxygen or aeration over the many hours of driving over extremely bumpy roads in hot temperatures.
Predation still remains our main challenge with frogs, monitor lizards and turtles topping the list and of late a pair of kingfishers. A possible solution to this is to cage the nursery ponds.
Due to Joseph's enthusiasm and dedication, he has mobilised the local youth into a worthy 'Team Tilapia'. The complete and successful cycle of spawning and breeding of so many fingerlings, plus the strong support from the community as seen in the volunteer spirit of the men and now the mentoring of the youth, are clear positive signs of sustainability. It is what we had hoped for all along.