Kanyaboli Trading has embarked on a massive fish farming exercise that will see local fish types - i.e. Mud Fish, Cat Fish and Tilapia reared and grown to maturity for fish processing and exports.
Catfish and Tilapia--the common name for several species of Cichlid--are household names for many people, particularly those who own pet fish. Most home aquariums contain at least one type of Catfish (usually a gentle-natured Plecostomus), while Cichlid are popular breeding fish and include Angelfish, Dwarf Cichlids, Discus and the ferocious Oscar. Catfish and Tilapia are quite clearly non-related but their appearance is only one of many fundamental differences between them.
Catfish belong to the order Siluriformes and to the super-order Ostariophysi, which is characterized by the presence in most of its members of a swim bladder, which helps the Catfish maintain its buoyancy. Tilapia, on the other hand, belongs to the Cichlidae family of the Perciformes (meaning Perch-like) order, which is characterized by the spiny dorsal fin so characteristic of Tilapia.
The Tilapia is native to Africa although it's now the second-most widely farmed freshwater fish in the world, after Carp. It can't tolerate cold water which has proved a serious problem for commercial culture. However, this has also prevented it from becoming too invasive beyond its natural habitat. In comparison, the Catfish has made every continent its home at some point except possibly Antarctica, and it can tolerate much cooler water than the Tilapia.