Title: A Practical Guide to Raising Catfish
Author: M.A. Morakinyo and G.O. Olaleye
Publisher: Not Stated
Date of Publication: 2009
Reviewer: Lanre Inspirati Oyetade (0803 942 8648)
This is a season of efforts at self employment given the absence or insufficiency of funds from paid employment, and catfish farming has proved to be an attractive investment window for many.
However, a whole lot of people who wish to take up the venture do not have the requisite knowledge or guidance for the project, thus a book such as this is a welcome relief for many desirous of going into catfish farming.
According to the authors, the purpose of the book is essentially to provide in-depth, practical knowledge of catfish farming, as well as describe a vivid and graphic illustration of processes, methods and concepts involved in the efficient management of a catfish farm.
Some of the frequently-asked questions that bother the minds of new catfish farmers treated by the book include; how to source and select high fertility brood stocks, how to produce and sell fingerlings, how to grow and market table-size fish, and how to prepare quality feed for the fish from local ingredients.
The book’s language is simple, and complex processes are broken down into smaller unit ideas, making the whole book suitable for a do-it-yourself approach.
The work is divided into a dozen chapters.
The first chapter is on the benefits of fish farming, while chapter two deals with the methods of fish farming.
Chapters three and four deal with the subjects of starting your own fish farm, and the selection, stocking and feeding of the fish, respectively.
The fifth chapter deals with production and marketing of the fish, while the sixth chapter is on tips on successful fish farm management.
Chapters seven, eight and nine are on fish disease control, brood stock reproductive process and pond construction, respectively.
The final three chapters (10, 11 and 12) treat frequently asked questions, the future of fish farming and a conclusion, in that order.
Overall, the book is a fairly good attempt at treating the subject of catfish farming, and is worth having by any serious-minded existing or prospective catfish farmer.