Catfish Farming

Fish Farming Catfish facts and implementation

Introduction:  By Uri Ben Israel an Aquaculture expert

Introduction:  By Uri Ben Israel an Aquaculture expertcat fish in fish farm

Aquaculture: aquaculture is the production, through artificial cultivation techniques, of any aquatic plant or animal, such as fish, shrimp and clams. Aquaculture is sometimes referred to as “the agriculture of the oceans,” involving the “growing” and “harvesting” of aquatic life, including but not limited to fish, shellfish and algae.

Although it is a relatively new field, already about fifteen percent of total worldwide production of fish and seafood currently comes from aquaculture “farms.” Environmentally, as aquaculture production expands to meet the global demand for fisheries products, it is essential that efficient and sustainable production systems be developed and utilized by trained professionals.

Benefits of catfish production

The African Catfish (Clarias Gariepinus) is widespread all over Africa and is regarded as important diet and protein source.  It enjoys warm climate, grows in earth ponds, concrete ponds, tanks or channels and reaches market size of 1-1.5 kg within relatively short time

Catfish can eat almost anything it can find in nature. However, on a commercial production, it is important to feed it with quality food to ensure fast growth and optimal weight / size. Unlike other fish, cat fish breathes fresh air from the atmosphere. It can survive and grow in brackish and low oxygen water. It can tolerate high density, up to 400 kg per M3 water.

Catfish flesh has many practical selling options such as fresh, live, smoked cooked and more. Catfish is very popular worldwide and is the most desirable and preferred fish in Africa.

Rationale and Benefits

Fish farming initiatives have many benefits that can be viewed from different angles. It affects individuals, communities and the country macro-economy. It can be viewed in measurable economic and business terms as well as non-measurable terms, such as health and education.

  • Family Diet Improvement-Nutrition – high quality meat source that is rich with protein, but very low fat.

  • Extra Income for households.

  • Exploit private resources such as water and land.

National/states Benefits:

  • Reduce fish import and hence save foreign currency expenditure.

  • Boost economy development of gross domestic market.

  • Reduce unemployment, poverty and political unrest.

  • Reduce malnutrition, illnesses and medical cost.

  • Utilization of unexploited resources – land, water and labor.

Planning

  • Planning is based on the following factors:

  • Place of project – Topography

  • Weather

  • Soil (type act.)

  • Water (Sources, quantity and quality)

  • Infrastructure Available..

  • Market

  • Planned annual production.

  • Fingerlings production supply.

  • Equipment, storage and inventories.

Fish farming catfish facts

There are several stages in the growth and development of the catfish fingerling:

  • Artificially obtaining the eggs and the sperms from the parent-stock to mix it and produce the Catfish larva.

  • Growing of larva to fingerlings size: 0.5gr – about one month.

  • Growing of fingerling to juveniles’ size: 5gr – about one month.

The initial stages require very high professionalism, since they use advanced and complicated methods to ensure high fertilization and receiving the high planned number of fingerlings.

Capacity and Structure

The proposed (sample) project is for the production of 300 tons per year catfish, the farm includes:

  • Rearing tanks.

  • Juvenile tanks – in the Hatchery

  • Growing out tanks

  • Water pipes

  • Electricity system + generators

  • Drainage pipes.

  • Office room & Residents

  • Shading for the tanks.

  • Equipment

The rearing tanks will consist of 20m3 of water.

The fingerlings will be purchased from the farm hatchery and will be grown initially in the juvenile tanks before being transferred to the “grow out tanks”.

The Running water System

The treating water System will keep flow of clean water for the fish. The system is built of sedimentation tanks to remove the fasces, ammonium, CO2 and heat.

The water is being pumped continuously from the nearest reservoir/well to the filter, and by pipes (as clean water) to the fish tanks, continuing to the sedimentation tanks and then, back to the reservoir.

The Growth Inputs

The major inputs for the farm are:

a)   Water

b)   Fingerlings / Juveniles

c)   High quality food

d)   Electric Power

e)   Manpower

Water Consumption

The farm will consume 150m3(cubic meters) of water per hour. That will cover the hatchery needs and the grow out area.

Fingerlings / Juveniles

The hatchery is regarded as a standalone vertical integration unit since it will supply fingerlings to the farm internally as well as other fish farms in the region.

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Feed

The feed is crucial for the best and the most efficient development of the fish production.  The imported feed should be in high quality.  The food conversion rate (FCR) in the farm is based on 1:1.4 = 1.4 kg of feed to get 1 kg of fish.

The “Growing out” stages program:

a) First cycle – 5 – 30 gr. 30 days.

b) Second cycle – 30 – 250 gr. 45 days

c) Third cycle – 250 – 1300 gr. (market size) 105-115 days

Type of fish feed – Pelleted of different size, protein and fat content. Fingerlings size 1 gram to 50 gram getting feed with 48% protein and 12% fat. Fish from 50 gram up to market size, getting feed with 42-45 protein and 9% fat.

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Implementation timetable

  • Measuring and designing

  • Digging and infrastructure setup

  • Farming Methodology study

  • Equipment order

Marketing

The farm is designing to market linear share of the annual production every week – which compute Monthly average output of 25,000 kg.

Most of the production will sell at farm gate or will carry to local markets. One should take into consideration that such distribution requires good facilities such as ice machine, refrigeration room cooling pickup and more, to keep the fish fresh.

If restaurants or hotels are located at reasonable distance, the farm may try to establish long term business relations and to increase its profit margins.

Risk Management

Investors must be aware to some risks that can jeopardize their production. Among these are:

  • Meteorological conditions of the site and the climatic conditions, the chance for flooding, storms and drought.

  • Monitoring and patrolling farms regularly to prevent theft saboteurs and vandalism.

  • Check beforehand for a chance of pollution from other neighboring industries.

  • Farms should seek for technical and data support to reduce risk of technical misunderstanding. Learning from own mistakes can be expensive tuition fee.

  • Make long term planning of work and needs to avoid last minute crises

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Tilapia, Sea Bass/Bream Fish & Shrimp Fish Farming

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ALPHALAPIA LINKS THE TRADITIONAL AQUACULTURE SECTOR WITH MODERN STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY AND PRACTICE TO SATISFY OUR CUSTOMERS’ FISH FARMING AMBITIONS.

We are a fish farm consultant company. If you are involved in an aqua-farming operation or thinking to start a new fish farming venture, welcome home. Alphalapia has an experienced professional team to provide solutions to almost any needs in the fish industry. Research and analysis of your market will be the foundations for our decision because you need to know everything from cultivation to production.​ Alphalapia will strive to maximize your profits while never forgetting environmental and social hazards. Our goal at Alphalapia is to help sustain fish supply against the rising global demand for quality fish and seafood. Alphalapia analyses each initiative according to its business needs, focusing on market approach, production efficiency, and environmental sustainability.

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We offer our customers a comprehensive range of our consulting services for Tilapia fish farming, Carp, Sea bream, Sea bass, Shrimp and all other sea fisheries in states and dependent territories in Africa such as:

Angola, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Togo and more…

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FISH FARMING CONSULTING, FISH MARKETING & TURNKEY PROJECTS FOR Tilapia, Catfish, Carps.

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Togo

Togo Fish Market & fish farming

Togo search for a new Tilapia and catfish farm location.
On behalf of a local investor, a search for a suitable Tilapia
and Catfish farm location and a pre-feasibility study were carried out.
The farm combined earth ponds and cages in the “Zio” river
  • The fish market in Togo depends on offshore catch and imports from other countries. The daily catch arrives at the fish market in Lome, purchased by the ” fish mammies” who clean and distribute the fish to shops and end customers.

  • Most fish are sold fresh, but some are dried, smoked or salted.

    The local distribution suffers from below-standard sanitary conditions and a lack of cold storage facilities, thus reducing product shelf-life to a minimum.

  • Some import companies operating in Togo purchase fish worldwide, import and distribute throughout the country. These firms keep refrigeration facilities and cold Lorries, which enable continued distribution to markets.

    Imported Tilapia fish

    During our visit, we did not see and were not informed of any aquaculture farming in the country.

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Ethiopia Fish Farm Consulting

After a short visit and study on the State of Ethiopia have reached these conclusions…

  • The supply from traditional capture fisheries is lagging behind the demand of the growing fish consumption in Ethiopia. This offers opportunities for Aquaculture businesses to play a role in improving fish production and expanding the fish markets opportunities. Much land is suitable for aquaculture in Ethiopia and for most systems (earthen ponds, concrete ponds, cages in lakes and more).

  • The only option for a fast development of aquaculture in Ethiopia

    Aquaculture needs certain basic resources and inputs, such as feeds,

    Fingerlings, suitable land and water, markets research.

    For the development of aquaculture in Ethiopia, the establishment of a few Intensive fish farms is crucial.

  • There are opportunities for two specific business models:

    1. Large scale intensive commercial fish production;

    2. Semi-intensive small-scale commercial fish production

    3. Good consultancy and know how.

    Farming of tilapia and Catfish could be a viable business proposition under certain Circumstances

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Nigeria Fish Farming

Fish farming in Nigeria

  • Feasibility study for 500 ton Tilapia fish farm, undertaken for private investors in the Yola Region that included planning and designing the necessary production facilities.
  • Agrivision Corp. (The Aquaculture Division) of Nigeria – A feasibility study was carried out for two large Tilapia and Catfish farms. The project included a processing plant, hatchery, feed production plant and laboratory. Cultivation methods included cages and earth ponds for raising fish.

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Products & Methods

Fish Farming Consulting and Aquaculture Experts Services

Choosing the right products and production technique can be a vital decision making for the success of your new initiative.The different fish species, such as tilapia, catfish, trout carp, and other spices shrimps, which mast fit to the market demand, country’s regulations and climatic conditions.

The appropriate production methods can make great differences of the initial investment and day by day operation costs. Such method must be decided with great care and consideration to the type of fish, environmental conditions, water situation on the site and many more factors.

Aquaculture fish type:

Tilapia

Catfish

Carps

Shrimp

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Community Fish Farm

COMMUNITY FISH FARM

Tilapia Catfish and Carps Farming

By Uri Ben Israel an Aquaqulture expert

Introduction

Fish is the main source of animal protein in Africa, of which tilapia & catfish have been predominant. An ever growing surge in worldwide demand for these two species creates immense opportunities. This is a tremendous business opportunity that can benefit many Africans within a short period.

The Community Farming Initiative

Small scale aquaculture farming (family fish farm) brought more and more attention worldwide. Community farming relies on the family working capacity for daily operation that relying on central powerful data support and supply of inputs.

Small scale aquaculture farming (family fish farm) is bringing more and more attention worldwide. Community farming depends on a family working capacity for daily operation, supply of inputs and powerful central data support.

The initiative will set its production system among families who are living around water sources. Using small modular rearing ponds or any other system (cages concrete ponds etc.), a family could operate a number of cages/ponds according to its available land. Each family will be supported by the center unit that supplies raw material, serves, and purchases fish for processing and marketing.

A management and supporting center will operate the fingerlings hatchery to supply the farmers; feeding center, laboratory, extension service processing plant, cold storage rooms, marketing, distribution, equipment store, credit assistance and other elements for integrating business.

Operating as star and satellites, the operation will involve extensive relations not just between the center unit and families, but with local equipment and feed suppliers, research and extension officers from the ministry of Agriculture and potential customers.

Community Farm in Africa (Cages & Earth ponds)

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Implementation

The initiative design as rolling project, starting an initial pilot, which will involve and support from a few dozen and up to hundreds families, and aim to produce 5,000 t. fish per annum within the first four years.

The initial operation size and development will depend on local conditions and management policy.

Marketing

While part of the families’ production will used for self consumption and selling on the informal markets, most production will sell to the central processing plant and from there to export and to the local market.

Rational & Benefits

National/states Benefits:

  1. The project will supply work and income for more than 800 families that are involved in fish farming and approximately 600 workers (50% of them women) in the central service unit.
    Additional income and labour employment will be made for the suppliers of cages, equipment, feed etc.

  2. The initiative can be quickly implemented, start its production within a few months. Its short production cycles, which are less then 6 month, enable immediate impact on society.

  3. Enable quick economical impact in rural regions, at relatively small capital investment

  4. Reduce unemployment by supplying jobs to women and unskilled men in the process plant and fish rearing at their own yard.

  5. Improve foreign trade balance since most of its supply will comes from the local market.

  6. Reduce malnutrition, illnesses and medical cost.

Individuals Benefits:

  1. Enable poor families to set up their own small business – access to financing, markets and knowledge they can’t reach otherwise.

  2. Increase household’s income, improve welfare and wealth distribution

  3. Reduce food cost for family and external expenditure on food.

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Ghana “Crystal Fish” Tilapia Farm

 

Tilapia Fish Farm in Africa

Commissioned by Riverside Ltd. (Ghana) to carry out a feasibility study for a large Tilapia and Catfish fish farms, cage farms and earth pond farms including planning, designing and implementing the fish farms as well as a processing plant, hatchery, feed production plant and laboratory. ​

Advising and expanding the production of “Crystal Fish” Tilapia Farm. Owned by a local investor. During this period of time the growth rate in the cage farm located in the Volta Lake was significantly improved and local production of Tilapia fingerlings was started both for the farm itself and for sale to neighboring fish farms.​

Feasibility study was carried out for Tilapia and Cat fish farms in the Ashanti region. The business plan evaluated and designed two alternatives: earth pond production or cage production. Feasibility and technical study was carried out for Tilapia cages farm on the Volta Lake.

Crystal lake- Tilapia cages fish farm – improving fingerlings and market’s fish production


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Uri Ben Israel

CEO

Uri Ben Israel is a senior fish farming consultant and is widely recognized as a leading consultant in the fish farming business. He now has over thirty-five years of experience in fish farming and has worked on many projects worldwide. He has extensive experience in developing commercial production methods for the intensive and semi-intensive culture of fish farming in the tropics. His practice includes consultation in farm design, technological innovation, production methods, disease control, training, and processing- plant design. In addition, he has extensive experience in operations and general project- management issues.

Mr. Ben-Israel got his start, working for 16 years on the Bet-Alfa (Israel) Fishing Industries farm, working his way to management. In the interim he graduated from the Ruppin Institute (Business Administration), went on to earn diplomas in Aquaculture (Academic course sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Israel.), completed a course in Fish Disease (Nir David National Laboratory for Fish Disease, Israel) and obtained a diploma in International Marketing from the Israel Export Institute.

Mr. Ben Israel is an expert in fish marketing and served as the marketing manager of  “Dag She’an” a leading fish processor in Israel today’s name “Delidag”). Mr. Ben Israel has managed, consulted and overseen many fish farming initiatives for over thirty-five years in Israel, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador.
Mr. Ben Israel planned and constructed a red Tilapia fish farm in Jamaica – called “AQUALAPIA”.
The annual production of the farm was 4,000 tons of fish. Later on, Mr. Ben Israel managed the farm for three years.

In the past 15 years, Mr.Ben Israel is involved in fish- farming (Tilapia and Catfish) in Africa, especially in West Africa.

Uri Ben Israel is a senior fish farming consultant and is widely recognized as a leading consultant in the fish farming business. He now has over thirty-five years of experience in fish farming and has worked on many projects worldwide. He has extensive experience in developing commercial production methods for the intensive and semi-intensive culture of fish farming in the tropics. His practice includes consultation in farm design, technological innovation, production methods, disease control, training and processing- plant design. In addition, he has extensive experience in operations and general project- management issues.
Mr. Ben-Israel got his start, working for 16 years on the Bet-Alfa (Israel) Fishing Industries farm, working his way to management. In the interim he graduated from the Ruppin Institute (Business Administration), went on to earn diplomas in Aquaculture (Academic course sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Israel.), completed a course in Fish Disease (Nir David National Laboratory for Fish Disease, Israel) and obtained a diploma in International Marketing from the Israel Export Institute.

Mr. Ben Israel is an expert in fish marketing and served as the marketing manager of  “Dag She’an” a leading fish processor in Israel today’s name “Delidag”). Mr. Ben Israel has managed, consulted and overseen many fish farming initiatives for over thirty-five years in Israel, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador.
Mr. Ben Israel planned and managed a red Tilapia fish farm in Jamaica – called “AQUALAPIA”.
The annual production of the farm was 4,000 tons of fish.

In the past 15 years, Mr.Ben Israel is involved in fish- farming (Tilapia and Catfish) in Africa, especially in West Africa.

Mr. Ronen Sander M.Sc.

Operations  Director & Market Research

Mr. Sander holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The subject of Mr. Sander M.Sc. project, “Optimal Allocation of Limited Water Resources between Fish Farming and the Cotton Crop in Kibbutz Nir David” analyzed the marginal diminishing return of the limited resource, water.

Mr. Sander undergraduate degree, “Agricultural Practical Engineering”, is from Rupin College, Israel, with a major in Field and Orchard Crops.

For more than five years, Mr. Sander was managing director of an international multi-million dollar R&D initiative, a joint venture with Merck KGaA, Germany and scientific cooperation with the Volcani Agricultural Research Center, Israel.

Mr. Sander has specialized in emerging markets, focusing on agricultural project analysis, feasibility studies, and business planning. He directed the evaluation and design of Aquaculture initiatives in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Eastern Europe, and Israel.

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Phone: 972-52-5554731

Mr. Shaul Oren

Civil  Engineer

Mr. Oren is an experienced in hydraulic engineering – General planning and detailed design.

Mr. Oren was operating and managing his own irrigation design and installation company, in California, USA.

Mr. Oren Graduated With Honors his Master’s Degree, Civil Engineering – Hydrodynamics and Water Resources, from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

He workes in different areas of hydraulic engineering – mostly involving brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO) desalination, aquaculture and fish raising projects, water supply systems, agricultural systems, pumping systems etc. For several years Mr. Oren worked mostly for Mekorot (the Israeli National Water Company).

currently, he is run his own business designing hydraulic and civil engineering projects, which includes:

  • Aquaculture and fish raising farms
  • Brackish water (BWRO) desalination and water supply systems
  • Agricultural irrigation systems
  • Pumping, Borehole, Wells, pipelines, etc.

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Tilapia Fish Farming

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Tilapia, Catfish, Carps …

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“Au ALPHALAPIA, Nous apportons la combinaison du savoir-faire de la tradition de l’aquaculture, les marchés de poisson et l’agriculture des pays africains et asiatiques dotés de la technologie et du savoir occidental”

                                         Uri Ben Israel, CEO

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Nous travaillons avec tous les aspects de la pisciculture (aquaculture) Consulting et marketing 

Si vous êtes impliqué dans une opération d’aqua-agriculture et souhaitez améliorer votre entreprise ou vous envisagez de démarrer une entreprise de pisciculture, Alphalapia (Israël) a l’équipe de professionnels expérimentés pour fournir des solutions à presque tous les besoins des professionnels de l’industrie du poisson. 

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