Fish farming is the principal form of aquaculture, while other methods may fall under mariculture. Fish farming involves raising fish commercially in tanks or enclosures, usually for food. Worldwide, the most important fish species used in fish farming are carp, salmon, tilapia and catfish.




Tilapia has become the third most important fish in aquaculture after carp and salmon; worldwide production exceeded 1,500,000 metric tons in 2002 and increases annually. Tilapia fisheries originated in Africa and tilapiines are among the easiest and most profitable fish to farm due to their omnivorous diet, mode of reproduction, tolerance of high stocking density, and rapid growth.




According to the farmer’s weekly 18.03.2013, the tilapia industry is still in its infancy in South Africa, but is a lucrative investment with potential as a quality source of protein.
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ILAF Programmes

1Education

The education programme incorporates the following:
The Bursary scheme
Nkululeko 1

2Agriculture
The agriculture programme creates community based agricultural hubs in the following:
Aqua-Culture
Poultry farming
Vegetable farming
3Youth Development
The youth development programme has three elements.
Youth Leadership Development
Entrepreneurship Development
Regeneration programme