Nile tilapia farming experienced a few decades of spectacular growth, up to a global production of 4.5 million tonnes in 2020.
The growth of the tilapia aquaculture sector has not stopped, and it is just a matter of time before the Nile tilapia becomes the single most produced species in aquaculture worldwide. Easy handling, fast and short growing cycle and adaptability to different diets make Nile tilapia an excellent fish species for intensive aquaculture.
However, just like all aquaculture fields, the tilapia farming industry is facing some serious challenges, such as increasing feed prices, high disease pressure, sustainability issues and decreasing water quality. It is of vital importance for tilapia fish farmers and feed producers to find new solutions to cope with these challenges.
One viable strategy to do this is through the use of feed additives, which are known to offer feed producers and fish farmers a wide variety of options. Orffa is a global player in the feed additives market and as such, the company offers a broad range of feed additive solutions, including a nutritional emulsifier (Excential Energy Plus), organic selenium (Excential Selenium 4000) and betaine (Excential Beta-Key).
In this article, the role these feed additives can play in tilapia farming will be explained.