Tilapia

The tilapia is a very special type of fish. The cultivation of tilapia is a possible solution for communities who live in places where food is scarce. A fishpond with tilapia can provide these communities with a source of healthy, protein-rich food that can be produced by and for those who need this food most.

The cultivation of tilapia can be traced back all the way to Ancient Egypt, where they were a symbol of “rebirth”. The tilapia is sometimes referred to as St. Peter’s fish, which comes from a story where the apostle Peter catches a fish – said to be a tilapia - with a coin in its mouth. Nowadays, the tilapia serves as a source of protein-rich food for many people in developing countries, where they are cultivated from many small ponds. Rearing Tilapia for home consumption is not too difficult, the only requirements being a good site for the construction of a fishpond and a regular supply of farm by-products and manure. Tilapias do well and grow fast at the high water temperatures common in many developing countries.

MALNOURISHMENT IS THREATHENING THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES

Protein malnutrition in infants and pre-school children is often the cause of poor study results later in school. A poor physical condition and slower mental development can possibly lead to anti-social behaviour and adverse effects on moral standards. The tilapia makes for an excellent source of animal protein, thus making it much easier to avoid these problems early in a child’s life.

WHEN YOUNG CHILDREN DO NOT GET ENOUGH
ANIMAL PROTEIN THEN THEY WILL SUFFER
THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES!

 
 

TILAPIA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 2375
3500 GJ - UTRECHT
The Netherlands
tel: +31 (0) 30 - 294 8700
fax: +31 (0) 30 - 293 6810
e-mail: info@tilapiastichting.nl

Registered at
Chamber of Commerce
Utrecht, NL
Nr: S-41152315

President: M.J.H.P.Pinkers, Bennekom, NL
Member: V.K.Varughese, Trivandrum, India
Member: A.Willot, Villeneuve d'Asq, Fr
Member: C.Baay, Cimahi, Indonesia