Xelect to develop new tilapia strains with FirstWave
By Jean Ko Din
Xelect Genetics Ltd.is working with with Africa’s largest tilapia producer, FirstWave, on a new breeding program venture.
The two companies are working to develop high-performance Nile tilapia that will increase production efficiency for FirstWave’s operating companies, Yalelo Zambia and Yalelo Uganda.
“We are excited to partner with Xelect as they apply their global expertise and cutting-edge, data-driven tools to our local husbandry practices in Zambia and Uganda,” said Tembwe Mutungu, FirstWave Group co-CEO. “This will allow us to breed tilapia pedigrees adapted to our local production environments, while avoiding the use of foreign genetics that present a risk to ecological balance.”
Mutung said the breeding program will lay the foundation for precision aquaculture farming that could address the large fish deficit in the region.