FISH EARTH PONDS
We have recently constructed our new expansion project with 20 half hectare earth ponds to increase the production of fish to 500 tons of Tilapia per annum. By doing so, we are installing paddle wheel aerators on the earth ponds to increase the oxygen levels in the ponds, thereby doubling our stock.
This will enable us to provide a larger amount of fish to the ever-growing demand for Three Spot Tilapia within all of Botswana and neighboring countries.
The nutrient rich waste water from the earth ponds will be used to produce maize and lucern crops under a 20ha center pivot irrigation system. The future project also includes the establishment of Banana, Avocado and Papino orchards, as well as a restaurant and ponds for catching fish with rented rods.
The project will utilize about 160ha land on part of the existing, commercial farm owned by Chobe Farms (Pty) Ltd.
The constructed first 20 ponds are earth ponds (not lined) as we have suitable soil quality. This allows us to fertilize the ponds using organic or inorganic fertilizers to grow algae, which will provide constant grazing and additional nutrients.
The fish will also be fed formulated feed to speed up the growth of the fish over a period of 12 months before harvesting. The added oxygen through aerators will greatly benefit the growth of the fish.
A further addition of 16 earth ponds is planned, which will also not be lined. The third phase of the project includes a further addition of 30 ponds with potential production of up to 600 tons of Tilapia a year.
Rici: +267 7445 0404
Pieter: +267 77444 770
Office: +267 6240 154/8
Golden Wrap (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 1130