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Backyard catfish farming in Nigeria

Watch the video here. The photo above is by Emmanuel Audu. His website is Catfish Farming in Nigeria here.

Nigeria has to import fish to make up for the short fall in their domestic catch. But in downtown Lagos there is solution: farming lungfish, also know as catfish

Excerpt from: “Nigeria: Catfish Farming – a Reliable Investment”

By Taiwo Bernard
14 April 2009

Lagos — Many species of fish are farm produced all over the world, but Catfish is taking the lead because of its uniqueness.

Data available shows that 260 million kilogrammes of Catfish was produced compared to five million kilogrammes of Tilapia, 7.7 million kilogrammes of Crawfish/ Crayfish/Shrimp; 2.68 million kilogrammes of Trout; and 50 million kilogrammes of Salmon in the United States of America alone.

The demand for Catfish in Nigeria is unprecedented so much so that no matter the quantity supplied into the market is consumed by ready buyers. This is so because of its low caloric value, low carbohydrate content, high in protein, low in fat, it is quick and easy to prepare and above all , it tastes great.

Catfish is responsible for a multi-billion naira industry, which is big business for both the grower and the consumer. They are raised in controlled environments that help ease the increased demand for improved, quality protein sources to feed our ever increasing population. Farm-raised catfish is consistently high in quality and is available all-year round at a price unaffected by external environmental conditions.

The importance attached to the culture of Catfish in Nigeria is not only because it is a highly esteemed species that command high market value, but it is hardy and can survive where most other cultivable species cannot.

These qualities coupled with its low bone content, fine flavour, high growth rate and its ability to feed on virtually anything make this fish the bride of most fish farmers in Nigeria

Methods of rearing Catfish can be based on a number of criteria such as number of species cultured, technology of production and cultivation stages among others. They can however be cultured under the following methods.

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1 Makinde Babatunde Sunday { 07.04.11 at 6:39 am }

i want to start fish farming and i dont know how to go about it. please can you advise me base on that?

2 eze johnson { 07.17.11 at 11:51 pm }

I have about plot of land.pls how can i start fish farming

3 Dauda Mohammed { 07.26.11 at 11:19 am }

I have a plastic rubber. how can i start fish farming

4 anene emeka { 08.08.11 at 1:13 pm }

i have a plastic rubber, hw can i start fish farming

5 Ayodele Joseph { 08.20.11 at 7:19 am }

I have passion for rearing catfish but i dont knw how to go about it…..i wil really appreciate it if u can assist me.

6 haroon cajee { 08.21.11 at 4:42 am }

peace be apoun you,i am south african and would love to visit nigeria to study and learn the practical on how catfish farming is done,all the tricks of the trade,responce would highly be appreciated

7 Kafayat Abdulwahab { 08.23.11 at 11:15 am }

I am intrested in fish farming but i don’t know what to do. I need your help please.

8 osarodion { 08.25.11 at 12:02 pm }

Please tell me how i can grow big sizes in 3months.

9 dotun omojasola { 08.30.11 at 12:34 am }

i intend to start catfish rearing i dont no how to feed the fingerlings

10 Olukunle david { 09.10.11 at 11:38 am }

How can I grow large size catfish within required mnths.usin food supplements which are not too costly

11 Will44 { 09.21.11 at 3:40 am }

The business of catfish farming is to produce fish to supply your catfish market at a competitive price and to make a profit after you have taken into account all the amounts you spent on raising the fish, paying the staff, building the farm, the pond and transporting the fish to the market etc.

If you can sell your fish for more than the total cost it takes to produce the fish,

You have a viable business.

There are 5 key parameters that help determine your level of productivity and how well you do as a fish farmer and how profitable your business is likely to be.

If you know what this key factors are and you look out for them and manage them well in your fish farming business,

You would have a successful fish farming business.

12 Catfish Nigeria { 10.17.11 at 7:22 am }

Nice piece of information here…you may also get free consultancy, a comprehensive manual and VCD on Catfish Farming and Fingerlings Production @

13 Shonde Taiwo { 10.18.11 at 4:35 am }

I am intrested in fish farming but don’t know how to go about.

14 adam { 10.19.11 at 2:40 pm }

i want fisheries graduates and students to be take care of by the govts just as they do with medical students

15 Tijani { 11.01.11 at 2:33 pm }

…very informative post. I just got a Catfish farming manual and VCD on fingerlings production at Catfish Nigeria
I hope to embark on full-time production.

16 Hussaini Idris { 11.11.11 at 9:50 pm }

please i need a comprehensive guid on catfish production

17 Bakkah { 11.15.11 at 7:05 pm }

I need the tips on how to farm catfish in small scale for house consumption.

18 eguagie ruben { 01.19.12 at 8:51 am }

i like to go into fish farming, i need your guideline to start , how do i go about it?, thanks

19 Olutode { 02.19.12 at 1:43 pm }

I want to start fish farming, i dont know how to go about it. A quick response will be appreciated.
Thank you.

20 adegoke adeniji { 04.24.12 at 3:23 am }

Well am a catfish farmer here in ikorodu area of lagos state, I breed n sell fingerlings,brood stocks n even the smoked fish version of catfish is available.. I also consult for people who want to go in to the bussiness of fish production(esp. Catfish,tilapia). Call me on 08072621456. Thank u .

21 jay { 05.02.12 at 1:54 am }

Hi to all catfish farmers, please use bio-disc for your fishes. If you want to know more aboutor buy bio-disc please contact me my email (

22 Idowu Micheal { 05.09.12 at 8:40 am }

I’m new graduate, eager to go into catfish farming, kindly tell me the easiest way of doing it to, gain a meaningful profit after everything. Thanks.

23 sheba maaji { 07.07.12 at 11:13 am }

thank you for making this information available. Pls i need more information on catfish farming. I’l want to start one soon.

24 wale { 07.08.12 at 3:45 am }

How doai breed my catfish in d backyard I already have 100 of them in 300 liters split in 2 tanks

25 Bukky { 09.11.12 at 12:38 am }

Pls teach me how to start catfish farmming with bucket

26 Adeleke Gboyega { 10.27.12 at 11:29 am }

I need a fisibility report on how and minimum amount someone can use to start a fish farming.

27 AGBOJO AKINPELU { 11.16.12 at 1:25 am }

how can i start a fish business using bucket.

28 occational2012 { 12.27.12 at 12:54 pm }

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29 occational { 01.17.13 at 6:30 am }

Buying fingerlings and rearing them to table size for sale is PROFITABLE but hatching it yourself and rearing to table size for sale is SUPER PROFITABLE.At occational fisheries limited,we teach how to hatch in two days at an affordable can reach us on Tel: 08122989615 ,08137368151 and 08029849361;email

30 malomo Kayode { 03.03.13 at 7:27 am }

Av just started rearing catfish of about 300 pieces in a small bucket. How can I expand to give me a better output and also make it marketable

31 festus { 06.10.13 at 10:22 am }

Am a catfish farmer here in Anambra state nigeria( (NEWAGE FARMS) for consultants and trainings in catfish farming breeding and sales of Fingerlings,Juveniles and Post juveniles at an affordable rate CONTACT 08063912400,