In the first week of September, 2018 we delivered catfish juveniles to an earthen pond farm in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria.
First we inspected the state of the ponds to receive the fish, then counted the fish, and noted the count before introducing them into the ponds.
The first meal of the juveniles in their new pond will be given to them in the morning of the following day, about 12 hours after their introduction in their new home. They would need all the rest during the night to recover from the stress of transporting them from our farm to our client farm.
Before we left the site we observed that the fish were swimming actively in the ponds. The client was satisfied, we were satisfied, and before we left we advised the client to monitor the fish and keep us informed with their observations.
On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 we delivered 1000 pieces of catfish fingerlings to a brand new catfish farmer around Sango Ota, Ogun State. The new farmer is an enterprising young man who graduated from university in 2016. His parents’ house has unused piece of land at the backyard and he decided to construct two concrete ponds on it and begin catfish farming.
The farmer engaged us to supply fingerlings and offer consultancy services to him as he grows the fish to maturity and sales so that he gets it right at his first attempt.
Supplying the fingerlings involved selecting the fish at our farm, putting them in a container, transporting to the customer location and introducing them into the customer’s ponds. Prior to the day of delivery we had advised the farmer to prepare the pond for his new fingerlings.
On arrival at the farm we ensured that the water condition in the pond was good to receive the fish before pouring the fish into their new habitat. It was an exciting experience for the young farmer and those around him.
Our promise to our new partner is to support his catfish farming business with our wealth of experience so that he gets it right the first time. Our support began with supplying him with a good set of fingerlings and we are willing to support him through growth, marketing and ultimately profitability.
A good benchmark for budget planning to grow catfish is estimating the cost required to feed the fish till they reach market size. I recommend that every fish farmer does this at the beginning of a fish growing cycle.
When feeding of catfish is done optimally, 1000 kilogrammes (kg) of feed will convert to 1000 kilogrammes of catfish flesh.
You can choose to grow 1000 kg of catfish by:
Growing 3000 pieces of catfish juveniles to average mass of 330 grammes in 3 months; or
2000 pieces of juveniles to average mass of 500 grammes in 4 months; or
1000 pieces of juveniles to average mass of 1 kg in 6 months.
Whichever method you choose from above, it is recommended that you grow with floating feed to 50% of body mass and complete with sinking feed for the remaining 50% of body mass.
Cost of feed (as of March, 2018) for raising 1 tonne of catfish.
500 kg of bagged floating feed will cost roughly N270, 000 (two hundred and seventy thousand naira); and
500 kg of bagged sinking feed will cost roughly N170, 000.
Going by the above you can estimate that it will cost you N440,000 to grow 1 tonne of catfish flesh.
The period from December to mid-February is a time when tomatoes are relatively cheap and in plenty supply in the major markets around Nigeria.
Tomatoes are used in many households to prepare paste and stews for delicacies like white rice, jollof rice, white yam, porridge, soups and many others meals. If you are a tomato lover you might want to extend your enjoyment of sumptuous tomato stews beyond the season of plenty into the season when it is in short supply.
You can preserve your blended tomatoes to last for more than a month without putting it in a refrigerator or warming it regularly by following the steps below:
Wash your fresh tomatoes to your taste.
Pour it in a pot and add little salt and water. Steam it for just three minutes.
Remove all tomatoes from water and blend it.
Boil your blended tomatoes to allow its water content to evaporate to your taste. (It is advisable to let it thicken.)
Pour the tomato paste into a container made of glass which you can cover very well (e.g. an empty mayonnaise glass container with cover). Close the glass container very well.
Put your tomato paste in covered glass container inside a pot with little water and heat for two minutes to warm the glass container and its content.
Now you can store your tomato paste wherever you want.
You are advised to consume your tomato paste within 6 weeks.
This method comes in handy if you want to buy tomato in bulk cheaply and consume it little by little over 6 weeks.
Oh, you can also order your smoked and dried catfish from Divine Fish Farm which will also retain its great taste and nutritional value after 6 weeks. Dried catfish gives stews a distinct traditional taste.
We can deliver catfish fingerlings or juveniles of the hetero-clarias (hybrid) specie to you anywhere in Nigeria from Lagos State.
The prices of catfish fingerlings and juveniles as of November, 2017 are:
Fingerlings (4 weeks)
Juveniles (8 weeks)
0 – 5,000 pieces
N25.00 per fish
N35.00 per fish
5,001 – 10,000 pieces
N20.00 per fish
N30.00 per fish
10,000 and above
N15.00 per fish
N25.00 per fish
Procedure to order your catfish fingerlings and juveniles
The first step is to call 08077776861 to confirm the availability of fingerlings.
If you want fingerlings (4 weeks old catfish) and they are available they can be packaged and shipped to you within three (3) working days after payment has been made for them.
If you want juveniles (8 weeks old catfish) then you will first call to confirm for the availability of fingerlings. If fingerlings are available then you will book for them. This means you pay for them. On our part we will feed them and take good care of them till they grow to juvenile stage after 3 – 4 weeks.
You can monitor the progress of growth of your fish within this period. When the fish have reached juvenile stage we will package them for you and send them by night through a reliable transport company. You can then pick the fish up at the transporter’s motor park the following morning.
On Saturday, 29th July, 2017 we (divinefish.com.ng) attended the Smart Farms Seminar – Family Edition organised by PS Nutrac in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The event discussed how farming can be done at home using everyday materials and innovative techniques to grow green healthy foods and vegetables.
Through smart farming agricultural productivity can be increased while agricultural wastage can be drastically reduced. The need for every hand to contribute to food sufficiency in Nigeria cannot be overemphasised.
Techniques of growing food discussed at the seminar include:
Design of hydroponics and aquaponics units;
Fish in aquaponics;
Hydroponics and aquaponics plants;
Plant propagation; and
Plant growth requirement.
It was a day of learning that attracted over 50 farmers and farming enthusiasts from Lagos and surrounding states. Our take-away from the event was how to use the waste water from our fish ponds, which is rich in ammonia (a source of nitrogen), to fertilize our vegetable garden. Hopefully this will help improve our water management and increase our vegetable yield.
The smart farm seminar was organised by PS Nutrac, a company committed to improved production of healthy foods using innovative techniques.
Processing catfish using firewood and charcoal fuelled oven gives the fish a unique taste that is reminicent of traditional home cooking. The process is meticulous and it results in smoked and dried catfish that attracts premium price from discerning consumers.
What you need:
50 kilogrammes (kg) of live catfish
500 grammes (g) of table salt
Two large plastic basins/bowls and trays
A brick oven (powered by firewood and charcoal)
Two bundles of firewood
One sack of charcoal
Knife or razor blades
Day 2 – Drying
Day 3 – Drying
Day 4 – Drying
You can enroll for a practical hands on training course with us at our farm. Alternatively, you can purchase an e-copy of our detailed instruction manual with photos to guide you on catfish processing. Contact us if you are interested in learning how to add value to fresh catfish by processing it.