Originally founded as a shrimp company by Mr. Manit and Mrs. Wipa Leungnarumitchai in the seventies, Manit Farm – which today is still a family-owned company – diversified into tilapia about 25 years ago. It soon established itself with a solid reputation for producing high-quality fry. The ambition to do ever better resulted in the set-up of a large-scale genetic selection program, that now is a leading example for the entire industry.
Genetic strains for improved profitability
Through an intensive family-based genetic selection program, Manit Farm actively works on improving numerous variables in the animals’ health and performance. Growth, robustness, taste and meat quality are only some of the targeted enhancement factors. All animals produced in Manit Farm’s genetic center are tested in grow-out operations under different conditions and closely monitored to bring maximal continuity in the improvement curve that comes with each generation.
It is not enough just to produce the best possible fry. You need to know high-quality what you are doing right.
Manit Farm’s genetic center in Phetchaburi works with an impressive nucleus of about 40,000 females, managed under stringent conditions in the most professional center of its kind in Thailand.
In terms of reproduction, Manit Farm harvests about 2,000 eggs per female per spawning, which allows for a sufficient fry production to support its genetic program, own production and fry sales operations.
12TH & 13TH GENERATION
The genetic program that was initially set up in 2009 with 6 strains of black and red tilapia now has reached its 12th generation for red tilapia and 13th generation for Nile (black) tilapia.