Introduction of ASA-IM Feed-based Pond and Cage Culture Production Technologies to Ghana

September 2010 to September 2011

Project Leaders: Dr Ron Phelps; Karen Veverica

 

Project objectives:

Introduce soy-based, extruded, floating soy-based feeds and American Soybean Association International Marketing feed-based pond and cage production technology to the fish producers, government/policy makers and feed mill industry in Ghana.  This strategy includes market development in the short to mid-term for import of U.S. produced soy-based floating feeds. Fish farmers will learn to recognize quality feed and will learn how to use floating feed to increase their profits.  This will, in turn, create the demand for floating feed in Ghana and the region.  As the aquaculture industry develops, local production of soy-based floating feeds with imported soy is expected.

 

Specific description of activities to be undertaken:

  1. Show fish farmers the value of high quality floating feed through a standardized demonstration; whereby, the farmers follow best aquaculture management practices compared to their standard practices.
  2. Assist fish farmers in understanding the value of reducing feed conversion ratios (FCR) in fish feed and the cost savings that ensue.
  3. Introduce U.S. quality aquafeed products to the aquaculture market.
  4. Assist selected farmers in setting up comparisons of the imported soy-based feed and the feed they are currently using on their farm.
  5. Provide opportunity for local fish farmers to develop improved record keeping related to fish feed usage, FCR, and cost and to evaluate their data to make sound business decisions on the type of feed to use.
  6. Provide technical documents, training manuals, and website information applicable to local industry
  7. Include regional commercial fish farmers to experience commercial development of feed manufacture in Ghana and fish production on Lake Volta
  8. Provide technical assistance to local feed millers in production of high quality aquaculture feeds with a focus on soy-based floating feed
  9. Longer term benefits will be local production of floating feeds once market demand increases.
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