Pond culture of African catfish in Togo

Photos’ credit: Sabi Asma (Togo)     Description: Sabi Asma and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

According to a conducted survey, two production systems do exist in Togo with extensive system (about 88%) that is carried out in earthen ponds and reservoirs, while the semi intensive system (about 12%) is practiced in tanks and ponds.  The pond shown in the inserted pictures covers about 600 m2.

Among the eight fish species that are farmed in Togo, Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and the African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) combined represent about 80% of farmed fish production in Togo. In fact, the consumption of catfish is moderately appreciated in Togo because there are certain populations which do not consume it. However, it is much more appreciated by Nigerians residing in Togo.

Catfish fingerlings are obtained from fingerling farms in Togo. They are stocked at a density that ranges from 3 to 5 fingerlings/m2. The feed provided is extruded compound feed. The grow-out period lasts about 6 to 7 months depending on the stocking dates and market availability. The average weight upon harvesting is about 750g/specimen.

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