Feature: Aquaculture research lab helps increase Egypt's fish production

by mahmoud fousty

Sharqia, Egypt, September 24 (Xinhua) - on a massive Egyptian fish farm in An open field with dozens of ponds of different sizes, the fishermen were extending their nets to pick up the tilapia fish from the Nile and solve them on sale depending on their size, returning to the ponds for greater growth at very little.

The research ponds belong to the central Aquaculture Research Laboratory (CRATE), which is based on the province of Sharqia in the northeastern Egypt and belongs to the center of Agricultural research of the Ministry of Agriculture of the country.

CLAT not only helps aquaculture and fish farming in Egypt with research and studies carried out in their research ponds, but also increases the production of fish in Egypt Through its production ponds, including 160 large ponds that extend in an area of ​​almost 1,200 feddans (more than 5 square kilometers).

"CLAT helps increase the production of Egypt fish through applied research, through which our researchers carry out studies to promote production, such as finding Cheapest but efficient fish feeding types, which represents a high cost in fish farming, "said Amira El-Hanafy, director of the Aquaculture Research Laboratory.

She continued that Clary researchers also help find new fish breeds with rapid growth and high reproduction rates, which also serves the general production of Fish in Egypt.

"The annual production of fish of Egypt is amounting to 2.2 million tons, 80 percent of which is produced through fish farming", head of CLAR She told Xinhua near one of the great production ponds.

Around 40 small ponds, whose size is less than 1 Feddan (4,200 square meters) is mainly for research, since they are also productive, but not as much as The 160 large production ponds whose size is a bout 7 FedDands (29,400 square meters) each, according to Hamed Mohamed Hamed, Manager of the Production Farm and Head of the Orientation and Training Department in CLAR.

"We have now been fishing the little ones, whose weight has reached approximately 25 or 30 grams, then we transfer them to the production ponds to take their production period" , explained the Manager of the Farm Production.

For its part, Osama Abdel-Rahman Saleh, main investigator in the Department of Health and Fish Care, said that CLAR rents all the large production ponds to the Investors to use money for research and development, while ponds still belong to CLAR at the end.

"We provide investors technical support and help them if they need some consultation, whether it is related to the preparation of ponds, irrigation, drainage, the Agriculture, etc., "Saleh told Xinhua on the Giant Fish farm.

She pointed out that the production ponds produce between 4 and 5 tons per season, which extends from April to November. "Production is mostly Tilapia Nile, because it grows rapidly, exists environmental conditions and is the most popular fish in Egypt," Saleh scored.

In one of the corners of the farm, around the research ponds, a multipurpose greenhouse with 28 small concrete nurseries ponds serves as a hatchery to provide you CLAR with its own frying and conjectures of Nile tilapia that will then move to production ponds for fish farming.

Opposite to the farm, the administrative building and the laboratories of the different CLAR research departments are located in a spacious local enclosure to the mansion.

The building includes a unit of analysis and studies, a biotechnology laboratory, an instrumental analysis laboratory, a microscopic examination and histology laboratory and


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