This is a practical guide, aimed at existing and new aquaculture farmers, to scale up available opportunities in the fish farming market by providing step by step instructions from how to set up a commercial fish farm through to sale at local markets, including: capturing, culturing, processing, and aggregators. This guide is informed by a pilot aquaculture project between SDN and the Ogboinbiri community in Ogboinbiri community in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa state. The pilot project aimed to create an alternative and sustainable livelihood for individuals in the community considered at risk of engaging in illicit practices, such as artisanal oil refining.
Aquaculture, and related economic activities, have huge potential to create jobs and lift many people out of poverty. Sadly, this potential is not fulfilled due to many constraints which limit the ability of farmers to competitively meet market opportunities in the local environment and country as a whole. Local producers do not make enough income to improve their lives due to basic skills, lack of new technologies, unavailability of finance, low-quality inputs, poor access to viable markets, and low levels of knowledge. These factors decrease farmers’ productivity, efficiency, and ability to competitively grow and expand to secure a viable livelihood.
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