Global recognition of fast-growing fish benefits
Over 50 news outlets around the world have recognized the benefits of the ‘Akosombo’ and ‘Abbassa’ strains of Nile tilapia that grow around 30% faster than common commercial varieties, developed by WorldFish and partners, as reported in a recent WorldFish press release.
Chinese television station CCTV reported on the food security and income benefits that the ‘Akosombo’ strain is providing for Ghana and its fish farmers.
Local Ghanaian fish farmer Merci Johnson-Ashum told CCTV, "Tilapia production has come as a good source of employment for everybody especially for farmers because you have a business to undertake and that will help you to get the money you need. It also gives you the quota to the food security in the country in that we are producing food; not just food but a source of protein which is very essential in the diet…”
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In Egypt, BBC World Service spoke to WorldFish Senior Scientist and Egypt Country Director, Dr. Gamal Othman El-Naggar, about the development of the fast-growing ‘Abbassa’ strain through selective breeding, and its benefits for the Egyptian people.
Listen to Dr. Gamal El-Naggar
Fast-growing Nile tilapia are bringing much needed economic, food and nutrition security, and productivity benefits to millions of people throughout West Africa and Egypt.