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The success of freshwater fish culture



Lakbira Al-Tunisi (Abu Dhabi)

The young engineer, Hamid Ahmed Al-Jahouchi, established a fish farming farm in the desert in the Al-Ain region, which now produces two tons per month of Nile tilapia fish .. Hamid, a graduate of the United Arab Emirates University, majoring in mechanical engineering, and his road was not paved with roses, but rather faced many challenges that he was able to conquer With research and diligence. He said: The beginning of the idea of ​​his fish-breeding project began in 2013, as a result of his passion for water wealth and entering into a new field, other than what we are used to in raising livestock and others, explaining that the success of the fish production cycle requires the availability of salt, oxygen, and appropriate heat, and the duration of the session takes 6 months It is divided into four phases, namely, hatchery, incubation, fattening and marketing.
He explained that thinking about fish farming came as a coincidence when he wanted to raise some ornamental fish in his home, which made him search for the cause of their death very quickly, and then he set out to become one of the successful fish producers, relying on his own abilities and scientific research, and began to cultivate tilapia fish to withstand the conditions Climate from high temperatures and harsh climatic conditions, stressing that fish farming in the Al Ain region makes it dependent on fresh water, and for this he chose tilapia fish, stressing that he is going to try two other types of fish, namely: freshwater shrimp and carp.

Organic foods
Al-Jahouchi was able to produce high-quality fish, relying on organic foods that meet international standards, and a fertilization system of agricultural lands was introduced, whereby the water of the ponds was used to feed palm trees in open fields, which made him achieve remarkable results in organic agriculture, in type and size, of vegetables and dates in particular. As the aquarium water is transferred to the field directly to irrigate the palms, indicating that its production of Nile tilapia is currently two tons per month, and it aspires to increase its production of fish of all kinds, with its licensed farm that applies the latest standards, as the fish cycle takes to reach the marketing volume when selling about 6 months.
Regarding the challenges he faced, he said: The fish farming system needs experience and know-how to overcome various difficulties, and he was able to overcome these challenges thanks to the support of his father and his friends.

the beginning
He pointed out that in 2013 he visited a store that sells ornamental fish to buy some beautiful small fish, and he had a passion for raising and breeding them inside the house, but the seller told him that this species lives for short periods, without telling me the technical reasons, and I began to search for the reason through experiments. To explore the causes that lead to the death of these fish, and have already reached all the chemical causes that lead to their death and how to overcome these challenges with household tools.
Al-Johouchi continued researching experiments on other varieties of fish, but this time not for decoration, but fish that could be eaten and grown under local conditions such as weather, breeding and water. The results of this research ended with several fish, including: Nile tilapia, carp «carp», seabream, and sea Bass, shrimp and grouper, and each type of fish has different challenges to coexist with its own environment and the criteria that must be met and observed to complete the entire cycle, from hatching to fattening and shipping, to marketing, and according to the conditions available to me, he chose to work on Nile tilapia fish, and with the support of the parent he established The first small aquarium to raise Nile tilapia fish at home, to begin its journey with many successful experiences in the end.

Journey to success
Al-Juhouchi was passionate about overcoming the biggest challenge by increasing production and reaching self-sufficiency, which falls under the umbrella of food security, reducing water consumption, preserving environmental wealth, and reusing water in organic agriculture.
He said: “I started constructing ponds and choosing the appropriate design for the farm to ensure sustainability and work on all technical details. Of course, reconstruction and maintenance took place several times, until I reached the best design. Then I moved to the fattening and hatchery phase, with familiarity with all the technical and veterinary details in operating the fish cycle. And I succeeded in completing the full cycle, until the monthly productivity reached two tons, and I aspire to increase production, reaching the international market.


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