TiLV threatens food security

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By Milthon Lujan

Rome, Italy.- An estimated 180 000 tonnes of tilapia (whole and fillet frozen) were traded in the international market during January-March 2017, approximately 10 percent lower in volume from a year ago. The leading importers tilapia were the United States of America, Mexico, Côte d’Ivoire and Iran, and the leading exporters were China, Taiwan Province of China, Thailand and Indonesia.

TiLV, a highly contagious disease, is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia. It has now been reported in five countries. While the pathogen poses no public health concern, it may destroy huge infected stocks which are a source of food security and nutrition.

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