Tilapia are particularly suitable fish for farming for two reasons:
- They are shoaling, territorial and social omnivores, naturally suited to cage environments and feeding on a largely vegetable diet.
- Tilapia generally breed well and tolerate farm handling.
Chicoa’s tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, are even more suitable, combining the natural advantages of tilapia with a tolerance for farm environment and particular breeding efficiencies.
Chicoa has sourced a genetic mix that is one of the fastest growing and best feed converters in Africa. It is adapted to the natural environment of Lake Cahora Bassa, with its good temperatures, large water exchange and high oxygen levels.
Based on the expertise of Damien Legros, Chicoa has developed an innovative lake breeding technique.
Our fish feed is also fortified with vitamins, minerals, essential proteins and oils – notably Omega 3. This not only strengthens the immune system of the fish, but also provides a more nutritious product for our customers.
Fresh whole round fish on ice
This is the product Chicoa has been selling to date. It offers the best potential now and going forward. This market is mainly direct sales to end consumers. This brings advantages such low processing costs. Done well, the market prefers this form of fish. It is a challenging market to supply requiring investment in just-in-time distribution and retail outlets. Once established it is a market extremely difficult for competition to penetrate.
Frozen whole gutted
This product is preferred by supermarkets, other retail and institutional and industry customers. The market for frozen whole gutted has two main advantages. First, it is a formal, large volume market and second the frozen whole gutted can be stored, allowing Chicoa to optimise the farm production schedule.
This is still a niche market for some hotels, upmarket restaurants and retail outlets also needing on-farm investment. There are significant post-harvest costs, but the margins are more attractive. We have sold small volumes in Tete.