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Tropentag 2022, September 14 - 16, Prague, Germany

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Growth performance of african catfish (Clarias gariepinus) fed differently processed high quality cassava peel (HQCP)

Ogunsola Kudirat Omolola

University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany


This study is to improve food security and remove environmental problems of excessive cassava peels and reduce high cost of fish feed. Maize is an important component of feed in Nigeria’s expanding livestock sector and its demand is always increasing. Vast quantities of cassava peels produced as waste during cassava processing pose serious environmental problems hence, the need to convert this waste into High Quality, Valuable and Economical feed ingredient. The technical and economic feasibility of the transformation of cassava peels to high quality animal feed have already been demonstrated by CGIAR scientist in 2015.
Differently processed cassava peels (soaking, boiling, autoclaving and conventional) will be used to compound fish feed to feed fish for 16 weeks and the cultured fish will be subjected to growth performance indices. Based on these results, the number of entrepreneurs in feed industries and fish farmers incorporating HQCP in their rations will continue to increase.
Processing 14 Mt of cassava peels waste annually into about 4Mt of HQCP and at potential market value of $100 t-1, could generate around $400 million per annum and when substituted for maize in the feed industry, will release up to 2.5 Mt of maize for direct human consumption. This could also offer significant new income and employment to actors in cassava value chain of whom 80% are women. Healthier and better fish feed for growth & lower production cost of fish and fish feed is expected to be produced while addressing the environmental pollution threat of cassava peels through value addition.

Keywords: African catfish, HQCP (High Quality Cassava Peels), income generation, value addition

Contact Address: Ogunsola Kudirat Omolola, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Triesdorf, Germany, e-mail: omololaogunsola2@gmail.com

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