To meet the future need for food caused by the increasing global population, it is necessary that the current food production increases by 70 percent by 2050.
This will result in a massively increased demand on all food products over the years to come. Especially animal protein products, that are already growing in demand in developing countries due to the general improvement on the peoples’ livelihood.
In Africa, fish is an important food for over 400 million people, contributing essential proteins, minerals and micronutrients to their diets.
Paradoxically, despite the high dependence on fish as a source of animal protein, fish consumption in sub-Saharan Africa is the lowest in the World.
However, the continent is projected to need an additional 1.6 million tons of fish a year by 2015 just to maintain current consumption. This demand will have increased by a further 2.6 million tons a year by 2030.
Most wild capture fisheries have reached their production limit or are over-fishing. The rapid increase in fish supply required over the next decades will only be possible if the fisheries are sustained and improved while simultaneously developing aquaculture.
The Danish company ScanFi and local partners in Tanzania are setting up the Tilapia farm Ruvu Fish near the city of Bagamoyo.
The goal is to produce Fry and market size Tilapia for the local market with an expected rise in production from 50 tonnes in 2016 to 500 tonnes by 2020.
With a conversion rate of 1.7 tonnes of food to produce 1 ton of fish, one of the major expenses in fish production is the cost of proper fish food in order to keep the fish growing at a steady and healthy rate.
At the moment, Ruvu Fish has to import high-grade fish fodder from Egypt – an expensive and time-consuming operation that is neither economical nor environmentally sustainable.
Scanfi has been granted 75.000 DKR from access2innovation to do a feasibility study of building its own fish food mill near Bagamoyo.
A mill will be able to produce more fodder than the fish farm needs, but other potential customers could be locals such as smallholder chicken farmers other fish farms.
Visit the Ruvu Fish webpage: www.ruvufish.com
For more information, please contact program manager Henrik Anker-Ladefoged at access2innovation.