Nigeria is one of the leading producers of catfish in Africa with 788, 000 metric tons per year. But this has been grossly inadequate to meet WHO’s protein requirement recommendation per person. This is made up for by imports from Europe, South America and the Far East. That is unnecessary while using the Minister of agriculture’s assertion that Nigeria’s aquaculture industry has potential to produce 4 million metric tons of fish which can serve the whole of Africa.
One of the challenges of fish farmers is feed in Nigeria and 80 percent of the cost of fish farming is the feed. Although the quality of the imported fish feeds is good, the cost puts them out of reach for most farmers.
If you produce fish feed by yourself, cost of production will drop by 54 per cent because you don’t need to pay for labor, just carry it and feed the fish and you will be using raw materials (chicken waste) that are locally available.
With a hammer mill, mixer, extruder and dryer, we can supply a simple feed making technology for fish farmers that could cut down the cost of fish production by 80 per cent. This could be achieved if every fish farmer gets to know the floating fish feed mill making model which has developed maturely enough in many other countries.
The fish feed pellet extruder supply can be divided into two types: dry type fish feed extruder and wet type extruder. Dry type fish feed extruder does not need the steam boiler and can process materials into floating pellets directly, so the dry type fish feed pellet machine is cheaper and easier to use and operate; while the wet type is with the conditioner and the steam boiler which can make material ripen and mixed enough, so the feed pellet is of better quality and capacity of the machine is higher than the dry type. Thus the wet type fish feed machine is suitable for large feed pellet factory while the dry type fish feed pellet machine is better and economic for the small and medium size user or factory.
This innovative cost efficient machine could process various locally sourced and abundant raw materials in Nigeria like soybeans, groundnut cake, thrash fish etc. Besides, it can produce not only all kinds of floating or sinking aqua feed pellets for fish, eel, shrimp, crab, loach, bullfrog, etc, but also many kinds of pet feeds for cat, dog, and etc. The output can be from 0.06t— to 5t per hour for your choice. The resultant effect could be a 54 per cent reduction in the cost of cat fish and other species of fishes in Nigeria. With this fish feed machine, even those who are just trotting in aquaculture business can afford to make fish feeds themselves.