Hatchery & Nursery

Great Lakes Tilapia Farm Hatchery is 100% RAS – based, and is designed to produce 1.7 million Tilapia Juveniles of approximately 50gm (40 – 70gm) every 120 Days, with a capacity of about 5 million Juveniles per year. We will be able to supply local smallholder farmers with quality fingerling seeds.

Fish Feed Mill

The Great Lakes Tilapia Fish Feed Mill is initially designed to produce 1.2T/hour of feed. The mill is designed in a modular fashion with the potential of increasing production to 5T/hour when this is required.

The company plans to source 90% of the feed raw materials locally in Rwanda. The mill is designed to be sustainable and will not use “external fish meal” as an additive. The by-products of our fish processing with be dried and processed to be used as feed raw material.

Sustainability is the guiding principle of GLTF operations.

Fish Farm (Offshore)

Great Lakes Tilapia Farm will have floating cages of a modern design that ensure worker safely (with handrails on walkways). The cages are 20m in diameter and 6m deep. At a stocking density of 60 Juveniles per m3, this one cage has a capacity of rearing 110 Tons of fish per harvest cycle.

The market’s fish – size requirement, and the stocking cycles will determine the harvest cycles. These may be designed to produce 1.0 Kg, 1.2 Kg fish or 1.5 Kg fish over 7, 8, or 9 months. What is clear at this stage is that Great Lakes Tilapia Farm will be marketing Tilapia of 1.0 kg or bigger. The farm is starting with thirty (30) floating cages.

Primary Processing

Great Lakes Tilapia’s fish processing and value – addition will be determined by market – demand and production capacity. Initial, at lower capacity of 3,300 Mt/Annum, management will execute only primary processing: Scaling and Gutting.

As capacity increases and international exports (beyond regional markets) become a reality, Filleting will be introduced. All products will be marketed as fresh or frozen, under the brand name “Fresh Harvest”.

Laboratory & Biosecurity

The farm has an onsite laboratory to ensure fish health and sterile conditions for fish handling and processing hygiene.

In partnership with our aquaculture partners, Great Lakes Tilapia Farm will employ the latest in technology to ensure efficiencies across farming processes and sustainability. Biosecurity (onshore) will ensure that GLTF does not use Antibiotics and other Pharmaceuticals is our food production process.