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

6 Reasons Onions Should Be Part Of Your Everyday Meal

Onions are important vegetables used almost every day, especially, for cooking. It falls in the category of allium vegetables which include garlic, leek to mention a few. However, onions have so many health benefits and below are some.

May Help Reduce Cancer Risk

Onion contains properties such as sulphur compounds and flavonoid antioxidants found in allium vegetables which are capable of reducing cancer and other related ailments. These vegetables decrease tumour development and slow the spread of ovarian and lung cancer. Also, research shows that consuming fresh yellow onion helped lessen insulin resistance and hyper-glycemia in breast cancer patients undergoing a form of chemotherapy known to cause insulin resistance.

Sliced onions
Sliced onions

Aids Digestion

Onions also aid digestion, it contains a special type of soluble fibre called oligofructose, which promotes good bacteria growth in the intestines; this helps digestion and at the same time, prevents and treats all forms of diarrhoea. This fibre also reduces the chances of developing gastric ulcer.

Eases Respiration

The anti-inflammatory properties of onions can help soothe respiratory ailments. According to medical practitioners, patients with a respiratory disorder like asthma and allergic rhinitis should include onions in their diet.

Improves Eyesight

Onions have the capacity to stimulate the production of a protein named glutathione, which acts as an antioxidant. This reduces the risk of glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataract. Also, the selenium in onion helps to increase the Vitamin E found in the eye.

Banga (akwu) and other ingredients
Banga (akwu) and other ingredients

Fertility Booster

Onion can be used to manage erectile dysfunction and sexual impotence in men. Its extract can be mixed with honey to boost fertility.

By Modupeoluwa Adekanye,

Culled from the Guardian Nigeria website

Recipe: How to wash your smoked and dried catfish before cooking with it

It is good practice to wash your dried catfish before using it to cook your soups, stews, yam porridge, or other delicacy. When you wash with hot water you kill bacteria that might be in the fish. Also, dust and smoke dissolve out leaving your smoked and dried catfish ready for cooking.

What you need

Method

  1. Bring the required number of pieces of catfish you need for your cooking out of the pack and put them in the bowl.
  2. Tear the catfish into pieces.
  3. You can pick the bones out though some people like to cook with it. The bones become soft on cooking.
  4. Pour hot boiling water into the bowl containing the pieces of dried catfish until the water covers the fish.
  5. Leave for 4 – 5 minutes.
  6. Stir with a spoon or fork or perforated spoon.
  7. Leave to settle for a minute.
  8. Pick the fish out of the bowl leaving water and residue behind.
  9. Your dried catfish is washed and ready for cooking.

If you need further explanation on how to wash your dried catfish feel free to comment below. You will be replied as soon as possible.

Do you want to order your dried catfish? We can deliver to you in Lagos, Nigeria if you order 2 kilogrammes of dried catfish for N10,000. 2kg of dried catfish contains about 20 – 24 pieces of fish and will remain in good condition after 6 weeks if you store properly. Call Ugo on +2348077776861.

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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.

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Thank you.

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

 

Recipe: How to cook banga soup (‘ofe akwu’) with smoked and dried catfish

Banga soup is a staple among the peoples of the south east and south south parts of Nigeria. The ethnic groups you will find in this geographical location include Igbo, Efik, Ibibio, Urhobo and Bini. The Igbo call the soup ‘ofe akwu’ while it is called ‘banga soup’ among the Efik and Ibibio. There are different flavours to this soup and the recipe described here will make a pot of soup.

Ingredients

  • Palm oil juice from 1 derica of palm nuts (banga or akwu)
  • Meat (beef or goat meet parboiled with thyme, onions and salt)
  • 3 pieces of dried catfish (tear to pieces, wash by soaking in hot water for 5 minutes, and picking the fish out of the water)
  • Ground dried pepper (4 teaspoonfuls)
  • Diced onions
  • Ground crayfish (4 teaspoonfuls)
  • Salt to taste
  • Sliced vegetables (okazi and uziza)

The timing in the method described here assumes you are using gas cooker on standard burn. Adjust appropriately if you are using a slower burner like kerosene stove. Boil the palm nuts and hand-wash to squeeze out oil juice using about 3 liters of water. Use a pot big enough that the 3 litres is not more than half-full in the pot.

Method

  1. 00:00 minutes (mins): Pour the 3 litres of oil palm juice in a pot, put on your gas cooker and light the cooker.
  2. 00:08 mins: Pour in your parboiled meat and stock. Stir.
  3. 00:17 mins: Add your dried catfish. Add ground dried pepper. Stir.
  4. 00:24 mins: Add crayfish, onions and salt. Stir.
  5. 00:28 mins: Add vegetables. Stir.
  6. 00:30 mins: Stir and put out the fire.
  7. Soup is ready.

You can eat the soup with your choice swallow. Common swallows that go with banga soup are fufu, pounded yam, eba, white amala, semovita, wheat meal. Banga soup can also be eating as sauce for white rice.

If you need further explanations on how to cook your banga soup with dried catfish feel free to send us a mail at info@divinefish.com.ng or call +2348077776861. You can also comment below. You will be replied as soon as possible.

Click here for how to wash your dried catfish before cooking with it.

Recipe: How to cook ogbono soup with smoked and dried catfish

If you want to treat yourself, friends or family to a delicious and nutritious meal with ogbono soup cooked with dried catfish then here is one tried and tested recipe that would keep everyone asking for more. This recipe will make a pot of soup.

Ingredients

  • Palm oil juice from 1 derica of palm nuts (banga or akwu)
  • Ground ogbono (1 milk cup of ogbono seeds)
  • Meat (beef or goat meet parboiled with thyme, onions and salt)
  • 3 pieces of dried catfish (tear to pieces, wash by soaking in hot water for 5 minutes, and picking the fish out of the water)
  • Ground dried pepper (4 teaspoonfuls)
  • Diced onions
  • Ground crayfish (4 teaspoonfuls)
  • Salt to taste
  • Sliced vegetables (okazi and uziza)

The timing in the method described here assumes you are using gas cooker on standard burn. Adjust appropriately if you are using a slower burner like kerosene stove. Boil the palm nuts and hand-wash to squeeze out oil juice using about 3 liters of water. Use a pot big enough that the 3 litres is not more than half-full in the pot.

Method

  1. 00:00 minutes (mins): Pour the 3 litres of oil palm juice in a pot, put on your gas cooker and light the cooker.
  2. 00:03 mins: The oil palm juice would just be warming. Gradually pour in the ground ogbono and stir gently with cooking spoon so that the ogbono dissolves without forming balls. Leave to boil. Stir at intervals of 4 minutes to prevent ogbono sticking to, and burning at the bottom of the pot.
  3. 00:13 mins: Pour in your parboiled meat and stock. Stir.
  4. 00:22 mins: Add your dried catfish. Add ground dried pepper. Stir.
  5. 00:29 mins: Add crayfish, onions and salt. Stir.
  6. 00:33 mins: Add vegetables. Stir.
  7. 00:36 mins: Stir and put out the fire.
  8. Soup is ready.

You can eat the soup with your choice swallow. Common swallows that go with ogbono soup are fufu, eba, pounded yam, white amala, semovita, wheat meal.

Ogbono soup is a delicacy among the peoples of the southern parts of Nigeria. If you need further explanations on how to cook your ogbono soup with dried catfish feel free to send us a mail at info@divinefish.com.ng or call +2348077776861. You can also comment below. You will be replied as soon as possible.

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Click here for how to wash your dried catfish before cooking with it.

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

 

Catfish farming support service from Divine Fish Farm Lagos to a brand new farmer in Ogun State Nigeria

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.

Sincerely,

Ugochukwu Ukwuegbu

For Divine Fish Farm

+2348077776861, info@divinefish.com.ng

www.divinefish.com.ng

 

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.