Tilapia culture in trinidad and tobago: yet another update



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Year

Chandpur

Laxmipur




2005

40

0




2006

276

78




2007

578

273




2008

1580

550




2009

2375

523




2010

3241

475


Fig 3: Number of cages in Chandpur and
Laxmipur districts of Bangladesh




2011

3510

475







From the very beginning well-being of the communities was highlighted as basic motive behind the investment in cage culture to avoid profit oriented rich people and their businesses. Gradually, when more people got involved, seed and feed demand increased which provide the opportunities for the larger companies to get involved. Some of the cage farmers have at least five cases in Laxmipur have sold out their cages due to shortage of funds to buy feed.

Impacts so far - A total of nearly 4,000 cages of Chandpur and Laxmipur are now producing approximately 3,200 metric tons of tilapia annually with the local market value of US$4.6 million using about 600 metric tons of floating feeds with the value of US$0.26 million. Each kilogram of tilapia is sold at US$1.75. In two districts (Chandpur and Laxmipur) cages are managed under single and multiple ownerships at least 124 units known. On an average, each unit employs at least 5 people, thus a total of 620 men have got direct employment in cage farming. About 10 feed-agents are supplying feeds with about additional 30 people are working for maintaining the feed marketing channel. In the two districts about 25 laborers are involved in making cages and 10 more people work in different places for setting up the cages in rivers. About 25 retail fish sellers are involved in marketing the caged tilapia on regular basis. Cage farming has now expanded throughout the country, especially after the involvement of Army, which was covered by the mass media. Many farmers from different part of the country paid visit to Chandpur who have introduced cage culture in their places. Although there is no actual number of cages and production, it has spread many parts of the country. Table 3 presents initial report.



Table 3. Fish cage spots / districts




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