My name is Ferdinand Nachenga, 28, from the United Republic of Tanzania. I have a Bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Diploma in Statistics from Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre.
Fish farming is the principal form of aquaculture and involves raising fish in tanks, net enclosures (cages) or ponds. Many natural coastal and inland fisheries have reached the limits of their productive capacity or are over-exploited while global aquaculture production has been increasing by 6.6% a year.
A rapidly growing population in sub-Saharan Africa means that an extra 3.6 million tonnes will be required from aquaculture just to maintain fish consumption levels. The need to increase fish production by farming, therefore, becomes very crucial especially in this country, when considering the employment that this sector can provide to poor farmers and/or youths.
The project is to be implemented in Morogoro region where there are already two ponds, each of size 10 x 20 metres, and one pond of size 20 x 50 metres have been constructed. The needed funds will be for drilling a borehole in order to access clean water throughout the year, buy fingerlings, and some is for feeds.
The projects also aim at providing employment to more than 50 people from the surrounding community who are currently unemployed. The total cost of the project is USD 5,000.
The need for initiating this project in Morogoro is:
- The presence of the fish training college at Kingolwira (35 km from the project site) where the expertise and fingerlings can be obtained. And the presence of Sokoine University of Agriculture (20 km from the project site) where expertise was obtained and can be obtained at any time and at low costs.
- The availability of land as the project aims to expand in the next five years to feed a large part of the country/export
- The high demand for the fresh fish not only in Morogoro but also even at the nearby city (Dar es Salaam, which is only 190 km from the project site). This can be explained by the rapid increase of prices of fish from Mwanza (more than 1,000 km) which keeps increasing now and then
- Personal employment as well as the employment that the project will provide to the youths, who, most times, spend their times in the streets.
- The need to assist and motivate other potential fish farmers to engage into this promising project.
In order for this project to succeed, I must take the following initiatives:
- Drill about 100 m borehole for continuous clean and safe water
- Finalizing the fish ponds
- Buy the fingerlings and chickens
- Production of high-quality fish and chicken
- Sell about 2.0 tonnes of fish and more than 2,000 eggs, six months after projected initiation (The project is mainly targeted at: direct consumers/buyers with different wants, processors, wholesalers, distributors, brokers, restaurants, supermarkets. The whole project within a five-year target to serve about 500,000 direct and indirect consumers).
- Use of new technologies such as greenhouse fish farming/production of fingerlings and selling after 12 months from project initiation.
So far, I have managed to:
- Buy seven acres of land each at USD 500
- Construct three ponds: two each of 10 x 20 m and one of 20 x 50 m
- Build a two-room house at the project site construct a 12,000 litres water reservoir
- A 16-room house capable of keeping about 100,000 chickens at once.
All these activities have been done by myself, without any help from any corner. However, for the sustainability of the project, the income that will be generated from the products to be sold will be used to cover other expenses that will emerge.
As I have said, the demand for fresh fish in the country is very high and thus its market is also very high. However, controlling the downfall in market prices for fish can be done by uniting and supporting all the fish farmers in the region or country. And this is possible because their number is very small.
Thus, when we have a common say in the market for fish, an increased number of orders for fresh fish, and more yields, then I should count it as a successful project.
The budget for the project will be as follows:
- Drilling of a 100 m borehole USD 4,000
- Purchase of Fingerlings (Tilapia and Catfish) and Chickens USD 300
- Purchase of feeds for fish and Chickens USD 700
Note: All activities will be done within one month after the project has been funded; the next month fish farming and chicken keeping will begin.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Ferdinand Nachenga (Tanzania): mailto:fednga10[at]gmail.com
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