My name is Richard Biney, a young fish farmer at Sefwi Wiawso, in the Western Region of Ghana. I hold a Bachelor of Science in agriculture technology from the University for Development Studies, Tamale.
I propose a Tilapia Fingerlings Hatchery Project to boost the production of tilapia in my community.
The proposed project will require a pond of adult male and female tilapia fishes, natural egg inducers or an artificial hormone (ovaprim) to induce the eggs in the female fishes, and eggs incubators with spawning nets and spawning sponge to hatch the eggs.
The fingerlings will be sold to the fish farmers in my community to make the project economically sustainable. The project will make fingerlings readily available and will encourage more people, especially the youth, to venture into fish production to improve their socio-economic wellbeing.
Currently, the few fish farmers in my community have to travel for about eight hours in order to source their fingerlings. I’m therefore motivated to do this project to bring a lasting solution to the difficulty and stress of travelling long hours for fingerlings. If the proposed project is implemented, the gains will be enormous because the fish farmers will invest the money they spend on transportation into the fish farming. Most of the teeming unemployed youth in my community will also be attracted into the business of fish farming.
To ensure the success of the project, I will seek the support of the traditional and political authorities. I will again rally the support and active participation of the local fish farmers and also seek technical expertise from the fisheries department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
Already, I have started tilapia fish production in my community. This will ensure the availability of the female fishes to provide the eggs which will be hatched into fingerlings.
The success of my project will be measured by the number of new entrants into the fish production in my community, an increase in the quantity of fish produced in my community and an increment in the expenditure of households resulting from tilapia fish production.
The USD 5,000 grant will enable me do the following:
- Organize a durbar to inform the local authorities of the intended project by the middle of April, 2016.
- Acquire a site for the hatchery by the end of April 2016.
- Construct a structure to serve as the hatchery by the end of May 2016.
- Acquire equipment like incubators, egg inducers, etc. by the end of May 2016.
- Training of two hatching technicians by staff of Ministry of Food and Agriculture by the middle of June 2016.
- Inauguration of the hatchery project by the end of June 2016.
- Advertise the hatchery project in the surrounding rural communities for the next two months after the inauguration.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Richard Biney (Ghana): agt1846[at]gmail.com
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