9 Hatchery farmers in the country will be given training on how to produce their own Fish feeds called the Sex Reversal Feeds for Tilapia (SRT).
Mr Jacob Towa from Towa Fish Breeding and Hatchery in Western Highlands Province is one of the 9 Hatchery farmers who are here in Port Moresby to receive training from National Fisheries Authority on how to produce hatchling feeds.
“SRT is the very first feed we give a hatchling when it comes out of the egg,” says Mr Towa.
“These feed reverses the cyclone of a female genital development in fish thus developing all hatchlings to male only.”
Mr Towa further stated that female fish tend to grow slow and small in size but male fish grow faster and bigger and its good for the market thus National Fisheries Authority is more focused on helping farmers grow male Tilapia fish.
SRT Feed is quite expensive and often Hatchery farmers had to travel to Port Moresby and Aiyura in Eastern Highlands Province to buy new supplies.
But thanks to National Fisheries Authority, the trainings these farmers will undergo this weekend will help the Hatchery Farmers know how to produce their own SRT feeds for their little hatchlings.
“This is a critical training and it’s important in freshwater fish farming, because such training will cut down costs and help develop and freshwater fish farming in the country will start to boom.”