The GenoMar Genetics Group has begun building a new tilapia breeding and genetics centre in the state of Tocantins, Brazil.
This dedicated breeding centre will be the first of its kind for tilapia species in the Latin American region and will have sufficient capacity to manage GenoMar´s breeding programs as well as to produce parent stock for its distribution operations. The facility, due to be operational by Q1 2021, will additionally enhance GenoMar´s distribution infrastructure in Brazil and support its expansion efforts in the region with Colombia and Mexico in the spotlight.
“We have spent the last two years planning for this investment and our team has made a fantastic work bringing 20 years of experience in practical tilapia breeding together with latest knowledge and advances in genomic selection to maximise the efficiency of breeding, as well as, consistent biosecurity projects,” said Alejandro Tola Alvarez, CEO of GenoMar Genetics Group, which distributes tilapia genetic products under the brands GenoMar, Aquabel and AquaAmerica.
He added: “The new breeding centre will be a huge asset to the group and the wider Brazilian and Latin American tilapia industry which will benefit from further customization of genotypes adapted to local conditions and lower overall biosecurity risks arising from imports from Asia or other regions.”
Construction of the hatchery falls under the management of GenoMar Genetics Latin America.
The location of the centre in Tocantins aligns with GenoMar’s policy of establishing production facilities in regions with very low climatic risks and proximity to its customer base.