pace, which, along with rising production and processing
cost, and static supply caused by bad weather in China,
is supporting world prices. Of an estimated global tilapia
production of around 3.7 million tonnes in 2010, Chinese
production remained steady at 1.2 million tonnes with new
supply now coming from other Asian producers, and South
and Central America as well as Africa.
Tilapia exports from China during the first half of 2011
grew by a modest 2 percent, reaching close to 140 000
tonnes of which 45 percent were frozen fillets. Of interest
is China's rising exports of frozen whole tilapia to African
markets such as Cameroon, Ghana, Congo and Namibia.
This testifies to the competiveness of Chinese tilapia, but
could also create difficulties for the emerging African
producers of farmed tilapia.
Source: FAO Food Outlook November 2011 (http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/al981e/al981e00.pdf) and Yahoo Tilapia Group