Benchmark’s tilapia genetics business, Spring Genetics has signed a five year broodstock agreement with African tilapia producer, Lake Harvest Group.
The agreement secures Lake Harvest exclusive supply of Nile tilapia broodstock from Spring Genetics’ selection program in the USA to its commercial operations in Zambia and Zimbabwe and a licence to produce and sell sex reversed fingerlings to third party farms in this region.
“The annual production of tilapia in Africa is close to 1 million tonnes, which is today mostly from Egypt,” said Alfred Kadzomba, technical director of Lake Harvest. “The regions south of the Sahara hold huge potential to increase production, and we need fast growing, robust and disease resistant stock in order to succeed.”
Lake Harvest was granted import licences in August this year and the first shipment from the US is scheduled for October. The imported fish will first enter a dedicated quarantine facility and extensively health screened before introduced to Lake Harvest’s farming operations in Lake Kariba.
“Signing of this contract is an important step forward in the execution of our growth strategy” said Alfred Kadzomba. “Genetics are an important starting point in production in helping us to optimise production potential as well as improve animal health and welfare.”