HCM CITY (VNS) — The Tilapia Breeding Centre has exported more than 26,000 breeder tilapias to South America, mostly to Mexico and Colombia, according to centre director Nguyen Cong Duong.
The centre, located in the central province of Quang Nam, is managed by the Institute of Aquaculture Research No. 1 under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
It has exported breeder tilapias at a price of US$7-12 each since 2006.
Every year, the centre sells about 35-50 million black and pink breeder tilapias at least 21 days old to the northern region.
Duong said the Institute of Aquaculture Research No. 1 had assigned the centre to produce black and pink tilapia brood stocks to supply the domestic and export markets.
From 2011 to 2014, the centre invested VND64 billion (US$ 3 million) to set up two establishments for selecting and multiplying tilapias.
One establishment will select and preserve yellow and pink parent tilapias.
The other establishment will conduct breeding experiments with the newly created tilapia strains on an area of 7ha.
The centre has been selecting tilapia strains that live in non-optimal environments and producing male-dominant tilapia flocks by hybridising parent tilapias from different lines, Duong said.
The aim is to produce high-quality brood stocks that can meet harsh or variable weather conditions, he said.
By 2014, the centre will supply an additional 50 million breeder tilapias a year for the domestic market, he added. — VNS