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Tilapia Aquaculture Project

Tilapia Aquaculture Project:

Inspired by Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), the Technology Development Board (TDB) has extended support to the Tilapia Aquaculture Project with Israeli Technology.

  • Technology Development Board (TDB) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • The term aquaculture broadly refers to the cultivation of aquatic organisms in controlled aquatic environments for any commercial, recreational or public purpose.
  • The breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals takes place in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, the ocean and man-made “closed” systems on land.
  • Purposes:
    • Food production for human consumption,
    • Rebuilding of populations of threatened and endangered species,
    • Habitat restoration,
    • Wild stock enhancement,
    • Production of baitfish, and
    • Fish culture for zoos and aquariums.


  • Tilapia, also dubbed aquatic chicken, has emerged to be one of the most productive and internationally traded fish foods in the world.
  • The culture of tilapia has become commercially popular in many parts of the world and due to its quick growth and low maintenance cultivation, it was dubbed aquatic chicken.
  • Tilapia is tolerant of a variety of aquaculture environments, it can be farmed in brackish or salt water and also in pond or cage systems.