Estimate cost of growing 500 kilogrammes of catfish in Lagos, Nigeria for August – December, 2019

These are 8 weeks old juvenile catfish enjoying fresh water at Divine Fish Farm and Gardens. We intend to grow these fish for another 12 weeks (3 months) by which time they should average 500 grammes (g) per fish. At that size they will be ready for processing, i.e. smoking and drying.

These are 8 weeks old juvenile catfish enjoying fresh water at Divine Fish Farm and Gardens. We intend to grow these fish for another 12 weeks (3 months) by which time they should average 500 grammes (g) per fish. At that size they will be ready for processing, i.e. smoking and drying.

Here is a budget estimate for growing these fish.

The catfish in this pond number 1000 pieces. They will have an estimate total mass of 500 kilogrammes (kg) after 3 months. They will consume about 35 bags (15kg per bag) of extruded catfish feed at an estimate total cost of two hundred and forty-five thousand naira (N245,000).

The cost of hatching catfish fries and growing them through fingerlings to 1000 juveniles after 8 weeks is N35,000.

The operational costs of growing the fish is N55,000. The total estimate cost of growing the 1000 fish in this pond to 500 kg is N335,000.

Given this outlay at what price should the catfish be sold to recoup the investment? Remember that the farmer cannot ignore the market price of fish in deciding the price at which he or she will sell his or her fish. How much control does the farmer have over the price at which he/she sells his/her product? To which market should the farmer sell his/her product? Can the farmer take advantage of producing at scale to reduce unit cost of growing fish? How close is the farmer to his market?

The questions above are what every fish farmer should ask at the beginning of every fish farming cycle. A fish farmer should do his budget estimate at the beginning of every fish farming cycle. Intending fish farmers should also do this exercise so as to determine if the venture would be worthwhile.

Sadly, many catfish farmers in Nigeria do not do a budget analysis before engaging in the business of catfish farming and it often leads to unintended consequences. I will end with a tabulated estimate of growing 1000 catfish to an average mass of 500 grammes per fish.

Estimate cost of growing 500 kilogrammes of catfish in Lagos, Nigeria for August – December, 2019

SN

Item

Cost (N)

1

1000 pieces of juveniles

35,000

2

500 kg of extruded catfish feed

245,000

3

Operational costs

55,000

 

Total Cost

335,000

Sincerely,

Ugochukwu Ukwuegbu

Divine Fish Farms and Gardens

info@divinefish.com.ng, +2348077776861

www.DivineFish.com.ng

We delivered eight thousand juvenile catfish to brand new farmers in Lagos and Enugu

It is interesting times of sorts as more young Nigerians in urban centres are venturing into catfish farming. At the beginning of October 2018 we delivered three thousand (3000) juveniles to a brand new catfish farmer in Lagos and in the fourth week of October 2008 we delivered five thousand (5000) juveniles to another farmer in Enugu State.

We were impressed by the boldness of these two farmers considering that there is the somewhat conventional recommendation that first time catfish farmers start with growing 1000 juveniles.

We observed that the two farmers did their research before deciding on the relatively significant juveniles stock for starts. If they follow up the due diligence they have shown so far with commitment to good catfish farming practice and if they also take good decisions along the way they will get it right first time.

In the final week of October 2018 we assisted the farmer in Lagos to sort and count their fish. At the same time, we have been receiving updates from the farmer in Enugu and they are making good progress.

 

Note: You can source your catfish juveniles through us. Click here to find out how.

Click here to find out the prices of catfish fingerlings and juveniles in Lagos

Click here to find out how you can source your catfish fingerlings and juveniles through Divine Fish Farm.

Thank you.

Email: info@divinefish.com.ng, Phone: 08077776861.

 

Catfish Juveniles delivery to an earthen pond in Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria

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.

Below are pictures from the delivery.

Sincerely,

Divine Fish Farm

info@divinefish.com.ng, 08077776861

https://divinefish.com.ng/consultancy.php

 

Catfish juveniles taking a bath at DivineFish farm

Catfish juveniles taking a bath at our farm, www.DivineFish.com.ng.

Actually, fresh water is being topped into the fish pond.

 

You can consult with us for a profitable catfish farming experience. See: https://divinefish.com.ng/consultancy.php

 

Cost of feeding 1000 pieces of catfish fingerlings or juveniles to 1kg table-size fish in Nigeria

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.

Method

You can choose to grow 1000 kg of catfish by:

  1. Growing 3000 pieces of catfish juveniles to average mass of 330 grammes in 3 months; or
  2. 2000 pieces of juveniles to average mass of 500 grammes in 4 months; or
  3. 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.

  1. 500 kg of bagged floating feed will cost roughly N270, 000 (two hundred and seventy thousand naira); and
  2. 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.

Thank you.

Email: info@divinefish.com.ng.

 

Our catfish fingerlings are doing well

Our recent stock of catfish fingerlings is doing fine. You can buy them as fingerlings or juveniles.

You can pick them up at our farm for N30 per fish or have them delivered to you in Lagos or to a motor park near you in most States in Nigeria. The cost of delivery ranges from N5 – N15 per fish.

This 2018 we have successfully delivered catfish juveniles to customers in Abia, Kaduna and Nassarawa States.

Call Ugo on 0807 777 6861. Email: info@divinefish.com.ng.

Thank you.

 

Prices of catfish fingerlings and juveniles in Lagos Nigeria

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:

SN Quantity Fingerlings (4 weeks) Juveniles (8 weeks)
1 0 – 5,000 pieces N25.00 per fish N35.00 per fish
2 5,001 – 10,000 pieces N20.00 per fish N30.00 per fish
3 10,000 and above N15.00 per fish N25.00 per fish

Procedure to order your catfish fingerlings and juveniles

  1. The first step is to call 08077776861 to confirm the availability of fingerlings.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Thank you.

Call: Ugo on 08077776861; Email: info@divinefish.com.ng.

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We will reply you

Our website is www.divinefish.com.ng

How to process, smoke and dry catfish using firewood and charcoal fuelled oven

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:

  1. 50 kilogrammes (kg) of live catfish

  2. 500 grammes (g) of table salt

  3. Two sacks

  4. Two large plastic basins/bowls and trays

  5. A brick oven (powered by firewood and charcoal)

  6. Two bundles of firewood

  7. One sack of charcoal

  8. Water

  9. Knife or razor blades

  10. Soap

Day 1  

  1. Killing;

  2. Washing;

  3. Degutting;

  4. Smoking;

 

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.

Call: 08077776861; Email: info@divinefish.com.ng or ping BlackBerry PIN: D8BBC623.

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Food will always sell because people will always eat.

Ugochukwu Ukwuegbu
For Divine Fish Farm

Fresh catfish on a scale
Fresh catfish on a scale

A pack of processed catfish being prepared for customer delivery
A pack of processed catfish being prepared for customer delivery

We can deliver tasty dried catfish to your doorstep in Lagos Nigeria

We can deliver 1 kilogramme of smoked and dried catfish to your doorstep anywhere in Lagos, Nigeria for =N=5,000 (five thousand naira).

1 kg pack of our processed catfish contains 12 – 15 pieces of catfish. Our catfish is properly dried that if you store it in a dry covered container it will remain in good condition even after 6 weeks.

You can cook tasty meals of soups, stews, jollof rice and yam porridge with our catfish. You’ll love it!

Order your catfish today. Orders above 2 kg come with discount.

Call Ugo on 0807 777 6861. BBM PIN: 2A742F4B. Email: info@divinefish.com.ng.

Thank you.

Catfish being smoked in Oven
Catfish being smoked in Oven

Catfish being smoked in Oven
Catfish being smoked in Oven

Neatly packaged processed catfish being weightd at Divine Fish Farm
Neatly packaged processed catfish being weightd at Divine Fish Farm

You can source your catfish fingerlings and juveniles through Divine Fish Farm Nigeria

Do you grow catfish in Lagos, Ogun or any other state in Nigeria? Do you need a reliable source for your catfish fingerlings and juveniles? We can help you.

Fingerlings are catfish that are 2 – 4 weeks old while juveniles are 5 – 8 weeks old.

The commonly grown catfish species in Nigeria are: Clarias gariepinus, Heterobranchus bidorsalis, and hybrid of Clarias and Heterobranchus (Heteroclarias).

 

Clarias gariepinus

Clarias species grow quickly and is good specie to stock if you want to sell of your fish within 4 months as melange. If you take good care of them they should weigh 0.6 – 0.7 kilogrammes (kg) average within 4 months. Clarias can tolerate being stocked relatively crowded in concrete ponds. You have to sort every 3 – 4 weeks though and keep fish of similar size in the same pond.  Clarias can grow to 2 kg in 8 months if you take good care of them. If you are going to stock catfish this long then you should have the facilities to space the fish out as they grow. You must also have the market that is willing to pay premium price for catfish that weigh 1 – 2 kg.

 

Hetero branchus bidorsalis

Hetero branchus bidorsalis can grow up to 10 kilogrammes. They like to be spaced out and do better in earthen ponds. Hetero branchus is the recommended species if you have customers that demand big fish and are willing to pay the right price for it.

 

Hybrid of Clarias and Heterobranchus (Heterclarias)

Heteroclarias combines the good features of the two catfish species named above namely: fast growth and big size.  When you get it right with the sourcing, feeding and growing conditions this species can grow to over 1.2 kg in 6 months. This size of fish commands premium price in the market. There must be reliable demand if you must stock heteroclarias.

One of the big problems of catfish farming in Nigeria is availability of reliable catfish fingerlings and juveniles when the farmer wants to stock. This lack of availability sometimes forces the farmer to stock the first species available to him or her when he or she is ready to stock his or her farm.

The fingerlings and juveniles we source for you are hatched in Ogun State, Nigeria and we can deliver to you in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun, Rivers, Delta and most other states in Nigeria based on agreement.

It is important that you give us early notice of 3 weeks when you want us to supply you with catfish fingerlings and juveniles in Nigeria.

Talk to us. Call Ugo on 0807 777 6861. BBM PIN: 2A742F4B. Email: info@divinefish.com.ng Website: www.divinefish.com.ng.

Thank you.