Feeding for better tilapia yields good seed and good feed means good yield.
Assured supply of quality seed is key to sustainable intensification of tilapia production in Timor-Leste. Enhanced availability of and improved access to seed hinge upon the establishment of a network of government and private hatcheries and nurseries for widespread distribution to farmers.
Iha 2012, Diresaun Nacional Peskas no Aquikultura (DNPAQ), Ministerio Agrikultura no Peskas (MAP) Timor-Leste Dezenvolve ona Estrategia Nacional Aquakultura Timor-Leste (DENATL) 2012-2030 ho asistensia tekniku husi WorldFish. Programa ajudus husi Nova Zelandia ba projeitu tinan 5 hodi suporta dezenvolve aktividades nebe identifika ona iha DENATL. Diresaun Nacional Aquikultura (DNAQ) foti funsaun importante iha implementasaun projeito, ho WorldFish prepara suporta teknolojia no treinamentu/asisensia teknika.
In 2012, the National Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NDFA), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) Timor-Leste developed the National Aquaculture Development Strategy (NADS) 2012-2030 with technical assistance from WorldFish. The New Zealand Aid Programme funded a 5-year project to support development activities identified within the NADS. The National Directorate of Aquaculture (NDA) takes a pivotal role in implementing the project, with WorldFish providing technology and training/mentoring support.
Fisheries co-management is an increasingly globalized concept, and a cornerstone of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, adopted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization member states in 2014. Timor-Leste is a politically young country in the relatively rare position of having underexploited fisheries in some areas that can be leveraged to improve coastal livelihood outcomes and food and nutrition security.
The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity is a five-year award made by USAID to WorldFish in February 2018. Its aim is to sustain positive aquaculture sector growth through an inclusive market system approach in the Zone of Influence (ZOI) and the Zone of Resilience (ZOR) of Southern Bangladesh.
In recent years, more and more rural households in Timor-Leste have taken up fish farming driven by increasing knowledge of a locally-tested and proven approach to growing fish and better access to quality genetically-improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) seed.
But with demand for GIFT seed continuing to outstrip supply, access to quality seed has remained a limiting factor.