Gender discrimination: Why male Tilapias are preferred by farmers
For work that requires brute strength, an employer’s preference for male workers is understandable.
Gender discrimination, however, also exists in food. Those who like more fat in their crabs would prefer females but did you know that Tilapia farmers favour the male of the species?
Fil-Am Rocky French who runs a leading fish farm in Southern California was dismayed at the state of local Tilapia hatcheries in the country after a visit with Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol last week.
French freaked out when he learned that the BFAR’s National Freshwater Fish Research Center in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija produces only 40 percent males.
“What he saw made French shake his head,” Piñol said.
Piñol said French has promised to share his Tilapia breeding materials with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources so that local hatcheries can produce 99 percent males.
“In Tilapia farming, males are preferred because they grow faster while the females are smaller because they spend their energy producing eggs,” Piñol explained.
French was invited to the country to check out the Tilapia and Bangus industry and for the Department of Agriculture and the BFAR to hear an unbiased assessment.