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As you`re reading this post today, Tue, 24th October 2017 I will be sharing with you a lot of things you want to know about how to start profitable fish farming in South Africa.
And if after reading this post you have some questions about fish farming business in South Africa, you can call our company (on the phone number I’ll give you soon).
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I started my first business before I was a boy of 15. Today I run my company in Lagos and operate in different states of South Africa.
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More so, if you really want to start your own fish farming in South Africa, we can help you by taking you through a practical fish farming training.
We can give you the opportunity to visit our associates’ fish farm near you.
Yes, we have more than 20 associates’ fish farm in many states of South Africa and we can give you the opportunity to visit and learn fish farming, practically on the farm.
We can also help you by giving you the opportunity to use our experienced fish farmers to set-up your own profitable fish business in South Africa.
This means that you can invite our experienced fish farmers to come and work with you (at anywhere in South Africa), to help you set-up your own fish business, professionally, so that you won’t make any mistake in your fish business.
We’ll soon give you our company’s phone numbers.
As South Africa grows massively in population and government placing restrictions on importation of more and more agricultural products, paying attention to the agriculture business is our next gold.
Fish farming is one of the various business opportunities any business-minded South African could look into.
Please forgive me as I will assume you don`t know anything about fishery before.
Fish Farming in South Africa; Background Understanding
Fish farming is known as pisciculture in the academic world.
It`s major form of aquaculture, farming of aquatic organisms like fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic plants. (Forgive me please, if you hate all these academic terminologies)
Fish farming involves raising fish commercially in ponds, tanks or enclosures.
There are hundreds of species of fish among which are; sea trout, cyprinids, pangas catfish, freshwater fishes, silver seabream, common carp, catla, greasy grouper, bighead carp, Nile tilapia, grass carp (who knows, maybe there are thousands more?).
But most of them are not suitable for fish farming in South Africa, either because of their nature or because of the low demand in the fish market or the profitability of their species.
That’s why the most common fish species fish farmers grow for commercial purpose are carp, salmon, tilapia and catfish (while the last two, catfish and tilapia is the most common species in South Africa fish farming industry)
Fish can be grown in two ways: extensive aquaculture where fish grow under natural water (i.e. river or stream).
Then, intensive aquaculture where fish are fed with external food supply… this is the area we`re focusing on in this tutorial because this is what it means to get involve in fish farming in South Africa.
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What Are The Cost $ Materials Needed to Start Fish Farming in South Africa?
I know you`re interested in knowing about this, but I’m sad there is no straight answer, and estimate is even risky.
First, because situations and environments are differ.
Some people will be reading this tutorial from Cape Town, others from Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizerbeth etc. and countries outside South Africa.
How do you expect the cost of land to build pond (for example) in Cape Town to be the same with that of Sedgefield?
How do you expect the cost of labour in Johannesburg to be the same with the cost of labour in Durban?
Even some other things (like fish feeds) you might expect to be of the same price are not, even in the same city.
Second reason why it may be foolish to state that you need xxx rand to start fish farming business is because I don’t know when you`re going to be reading this tutorial.
Imagine this situation.
I was online earlier today to read about this very topic and I saw a particular post where the author stated (to the last penny) how much you will need to start fish farming business in South Africa.
When I looked at the date of that post, it was written in the year 2013.
Now you can see. If anybody tells you that the price of a block (to construct concrete fish pond in South Africa) is R10 and he was actually talking about 2013, if you base your estimate on that, you will make a wrong plan.
That`s why I will not tell you that you need xxx rand, instead, I will try and show you what and what you`ll need.
(The only help we can do is to help you to write a current cost analyses, which will match up with the current fish market situation, as at today. You can ask us for the current estimate HERE)
How to Start a Profitable Fish Farming in South Africa
- Get a good location for your farm
- Get a good source of water
- Choose the appropriate fish pond
- Decide the right species of fish for you
- Get healthy fingernails or juveniles
- Understand fish feeds & feeding
- Get good and practical fish farming training
- Start Marketing your fish before they grow-up
- Be business minded
Let’s get into details;
- A Good Location for your fish farm. You need to first decide whether you’re starting your fish business small or going big.If you’re starting small, you may decide to start at your background but if you’re going big, you may need to buy or rent one or few fish ponds outside your home.
- Good source of water for your fish.
How important is water to a fish? Just as oxygen is important to you.
Take a fish out of water and it becomes helpless and dying.
Put it in a bad water and you`re affecting its growth and productivity (though “bad” water varies, depending on the kind of fish we are talking about. Some fish live in rough water while others cannot).
My point here is, you`ll need good source of water for your fish.
How much will the water be?
Here is a question you alone can answer. I know a man few years ago who had his fish farm at the back of his house.
He can easily use the well of his house to satisfy these few fish, how can a man with huge earthen fish pond do this?
The size of your intending fish farm determines the quantity of water needed.
If you`re starting small, you may be comfortable with a nearby well.
If however you`re starting fish farming in South Africa as a big venture, then, you`ll need a strong well or bore hole and water storage tank.
3 .Pond or plastic tank for housing.
I compared water with oxygen in my above analogy. Here, I’m talking about housing your fish.
Just like you, they need a comfortable place to live.
The more natural and comfortable their pond is, the better for them.
There are two popular fish housing system… backyard plastic tank or pond.
Plastic tank may be good for you if you`re just starting fish farming in South Africa
This small scale medium will help you to be familiar with the nature of the fishery business, before you`ll extend your market reach.
Fish pond sizes are also different.
Fish ponds are of various sizes and their cost is vary, depending on your environment and need.
What should you do?
Move out. Visit fish farms around you. Visit fish feeds seller. Visit some experienced break-layers. Ask questions. Ask questions. Ask questions.
The reason why I advise you to go out this way is because, these people will give you the best advice that can be useful to you in that environment, since they are in your vicinity.
If you can’t do this, you can contact us so that we’ll use experienced farmers to help you on this. Click Here to get to our fish farm near you.
After we have provided oxygen and house for our dear fish, what next?
- Food. Fish Feeds.
Plants are able to utilize sunlight and simple nutrients to produce new organic material through photosynthesis.
Animal (i.e. fish) cannot do this. That`s why animals need to feed on organic materials such as plants, other animals, or prepared food that contains plants or/and animals.
When feeding our children (sorry, fish. Lol) both quality and quantity has to be taken care of.
Feed them well and with quality fish feed.
There are three means of food for your fish.
- Natural food. This is found naturally in the pond. This include; detritus, bacteria, plankton, worms, insects, snails, aquatic plants and fish (yes, fish eat fish if they`re hungry).
- Supplementary feed. This usually include cheap materials locally available such as terrestrial plants, kitchen wastes or agricultural by-products. Supplementary feed may be good, but they are not for serious fish farmer (except if he includes the other types of feeds). Many people who are into fish farming in South Africa are using supplementary feeds. some to their profit, others to their loss.
- Complete feed. This is a carefully made fish feed. They`re usually of good ingredient and nutrients, made by the experts who understand the perfect formula for the fish at a different stage.
How much does it cost to feed your fishes in South Africa?
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You know I cannot tell what your vicinity looks like. Do what I suggested above. Move out. Ask questions and you`ll learn from people currently in your environment who know the current price of feed in your city and area
Every other cost and materials could be gotten right in your environment. Take out a pen and paper. Move out and ask questions
4. Get Juveniles: Juveniles are the little fishes you`ll need to grow.
Just as if everything else must be prepared before the fish itself, yes. There are farms that specialize in hatching fingerlings and selling juveniles.
Make sure you go for a reputable farm so as to avoid getting unhealthy juvenile. You know what it means to adopt a sickly child, don`t you? Don`t buy unhealthy juveniles.
5. Think about a mentor and fish farming training: why this should be the first thing, I’m listing it last. Usually the difference between success and failure in any business is knowledge.
That`s why we talk so much on this blog about acquiring business knowledge. As for you now, you have two kinds of knowledge you must go for: business knowledge as a whole.
Yes, you have to business-inclined to succeed in any given business.
You may check any of our business training here.
Then, you`ll need specific knowledge about fish farming business in South Africa.
Business Viability of Fish Farming in South Africa
Since business is about watching the market trend and taking advantages, it will be good to understand the commercial trend of this agribusiness (business of agriculture)
The world at large is becoming aware of the nutritional value of fish.
When you notice the sensitization about how fish is the good source of omega_3, Vitamin D, Vitamin B2 (even though lay men may not know what all that means, they trust their medical practitioners and then eat more fish)
More and more people are abandoning red meat (because we`re told it`s bad) and embracing fish.
This is the reason why the world aquaculture (farming of aquatic organisms) remains a fast growing sector, yielding nearly 60 million metric tons (MT) with the estimated value of $119.4 billion (in 2010).
How can this figure make meaning to the South African fish farmers?
We follow the world and we are big.
What I mean by that is this.
If you notice a definite change in the United States, United Kingdom or any other respected country of the world, be sure South Africans are following.
The other side of it is, we are very big… the 10th or 9th biggest country in the world.
Just as you may know, the population of any given place determines the level of the business opportunity there.
That is the reason why fish farming business could be a very profitable business in South Africa if you approach it as business.
I know some people will be expecting me to write the exact profit they can make in this business.
You can see some writers who are trying to do that but I won`t.
The reason is because, profitability in business is subjective to many factors, your location, selling price in your market, the competition in your market, season of the year, your business skills etc.
Just as the cost of starting fish farming in South Africa is different from place to place, so does the profit a fish farmer can be different.
I am sure you understand this!
Let me answer some other questions you may want to ask.
Where can you locate your fish farm in South Africa?
When I wrote about poultry farming the other day, I talked about how poultry drops can cause great odour, which is the reason why you cannot have a poultry farm near home.
When it comes to aquatic farming however, we don’t have this problem. Your fish can be even in your bedroom (lol. Joking).
Your fish farm can be anywhere from your backyard to anywhere else, and there will be no problem.
However, as a business minded farmer, you will need to consider how near your farm is to the market (where you want to sell to).
It is always a good business decision to first investigate your market, understand the demand, price, your competitors and how you`ll outsmart them.
All these will influence your decision as per, where to situate your fish farm, the cost and the likely profit.
What other farm or business can I do with fish farming in South Africa?
I know you may not be asking this question.
I invented it in order to show you something. Poultry. Yes, poultry farm is usually a good match for fish farm. Why? Because poultry drops could be a good food for your fish, though not always applicable.
I`m not saying you should start both the poultry and fish farming together, now.
You may just have to have a vision of that in your business plan.
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Must You join any association to start fish farming in South Africa?
Yes, there are some “professional associations” that are about fish farming in South Africa.
You might have heard about South Africa Pelagic Fishing Industrial Association (SAPFIA), South Africa Linefish Industrial Association (SALIA), Association of Fingerlings Producers of South Africa (AFPON), South Africa Union of Fishermen and Seafood Dealers (NUFASD), Association of Ornamental Fish Exports of South Africa (AOFFN), Aquaculture Fish Farming Associations South Africa (AFFASA).
Must you join any of these association before you can become a fish entrepreneur in South Africa?
Not necessary, except you see any advantage in doing so.
You may not have to register for a Limited Liability Company.
All you need may be a registration of business name which may not be more than R1,000 (please, confirm this price in your area because things may be different over there)
How fast can you expect the return on investment in this fishery business?
The good news is, Mr. and Miss Fish grow very fast.
Just like poultry chickens, fish grows very fast and can be sold within six-eight months.
The price of a table size fish cannot be determined by anything you`ll read online (though I have read from some people who try to tell you that fish is sold for xxx price).
The cost of fish and any other product depends on your market location and market forces (demand and supply, festive season, government policy, etc.) and not predictable.
That`s why I encourage you to go out and make research about your intending market and costs… in your environment or call us today to get the latest information from us.
So, how long can it take to start making much money from fish farming in South Africa?
Let`s hope everything goes fine, so let`s expect 18-36 months (depending on various situations).
By this I mean, your first juveniles should not be too much and you should use them as a training point.
Your second juveniles should cover part of your starting capital why your third set of juveniles should cover all of your starting capital and profit.
If this is correct, your fourth juveniles should start your appropriate profit… this may be in the second year.
How much you can make is dependent on how much you input, I’m sure you understand this.
How risky is fish business in South Africa?
Just as disease could break into poultry farm and destroy a whole farm, so can there be a major outbreak that could lead to great loss in a fish farm.
However, this is not a good reason to run away from fishery business. What is that business that is not risky anyway?
Other tips you should take note about fishery business in South Africa
Take care of your water. Water probably is the most important thing to a fish, even more than food. Fish lives and sustains itself in water. Water is the source of its oxygen.
Fish lives in Ocean, river and streams. Now that we want to raise them, we have to provide a kind of “home away from home” for them.
Can you imagine yourself living where the oxygen is scarce or bad? That`s why fresh water is very important to the live of a fish.
You have to consider the availability of quality water where you`ll locate your fish farm.
Very often, you will find out that the quality of the water in your pound deteriorates.
This is very normal due to the feeds you`re giving your fish, even if they are of high quality.
It`s only a little percentage of the feeds that are actually converted into nutrients for your fish. Other wastes stimulates excessive phytoplankton growth.
As water stays around for few time, it becomes unnatural for your fish as the oxygen level of the water decreases.
If there is a flowing stream you directed to your farm, good. If not, the water has to be changed often.
Feed your fish with quality food. If you don`t, they won`t grow as required.
Be business minded. You must understand that you`re going into business, real one. Be business minded.
Be a marketer and a strategist entrepreneur. Eventually your work is to sell. Business is about selling, not only your products, but your vision and business ideas.
If you`re not educated in the art of selling, you cannot succeed in any business.
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