Floating fish feed to boost Lagos farmers' income
With the running of a feed extruding machine of 150 kg per hour capacity, the Lagos State Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) in Nigeria is geared to give fish farmers a good deal.
The floating fish feed is the result of applying the appropriate technology in its production, a breakthrough in its own respect in local feed production nationwide.
Until recently, they were producing feed using locally fabricated pelletizers with production capacity of about one tonne per day.
However, with the CADP intervention, the group was able to procure of the complete feed extruding machine with which they now produce floating fish feed that is finely milled, compact, water stable.
This has resulted in increased production of high quality feed that minimises water pollution, mortality rate and raise fish productivity.
During the tour, Dr. Lucas Akapa, Task Team Leader, CADP said he had no doubt that CADP had the potential to transform agriculture in the country through this type of innovation.
He urged the group to ensure that the model technology is replicated across the State and requested that the Project come up with a proposal to the National Workshop to demonstrate the technology to feed millers across the country.
The group’s president, Wale Balogun said that the machine also has the advantage of reducing microbial load of most imported feed ingredients and would produce fresh feed using the locally available ingredients with few imported supplements.
Though still at the testing stage, the group said they could now meet different feed needs of the individual fish farmers; with a 30 per cent reduction in cost of feed.
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