Agreement signed to produce and distribute improved tilapia fingerlings
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Tilapia fingerlings (Photo: CODOPESCA)DOMINICAN REPUBLICWednesday, December 13, 2017,21:40 (GMT + 9)Three Dominican i

Tilapia fingerlings. (Photo: CODOPESCA)


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 21:40 (GMT + 9)


Three Dominican institutions signed an agreement to implement a program to produce improved high productivity tilapia fingerlings that will be distributed through the associative aquaculture development projects financed by the Dominican Government through the Special Fund for Agricultural Development. (FEDA).

The agreement was signed by the Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (IDIAFd), FEDA and the Dominican Council for Fisheries and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA).

The collaboration agreement, which involves an investment of DOP 1.66 million (USD 34,255), was signed by engineer Rafael Pérez Duvergé, IDIAF executive director; engineer Casimiro Ramos, FEDA executive director, and Bachelor Milton Ginebra, CODOPESCA executive director.

Engineer Miguel Reyes, IDIAF researcher and coordinator of the program, noted that in the Dominican Republic the tilapia breeding presents technological problems, among which he mentioned that females grow more slowly than males, the fact that early sexual maturity diverts growth energy towards breeding and that unwanted offspring give rise to overpopulation, competition and cannibalism.

As a solution strategy to these problems, he said that YY super tilapia fingerlings were purchased from Holland to meet the demand for quality fingerlings in the country and support fishing and aquaculture, which are activities generating economic resource potential and sources of quality food for the population.

During the deal settlement, engineer Ramos assured that early in 2018 the first reproductions of the program will take place to meet the demand of the projects financed by the FEDA.

He also delivered the first contribution consisting of a cheque for DOP 75,000 (USD 15,477) in support of the production and distribution program of high productivity tilapia fingerlings.

The fry to reproduce are TSM® YY super-male tilapia, which have proved to be excellent for production in both intensive and extensive systems based on water bodies, dams, ponds and lagoons.

The TSM® YY specimens offer several advantages: more profitable and healthy production, absence of the use of hormones, greater viability and survival, greater food efficiency, high growth rate and reduction of the production cycle, smaller size variation and it is environmentally-friendly technology.

The settlement of the agreement was performed at the ISA University, in La Herradura, Santiago.

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