CONSTRAINTS TO SUCCESSFUL FISH FARMING IN ABAK LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA
Essien, A. I.; Effiong, J. O. and Abasiubong, N. D.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The constraints to successful fish farming in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State were investigated. The study area was stratified into clans with a frame survey; and a random sampling method employed to select the thirteen fish farms, with each designated farming units- from where the data were collected. Information was collected with the use of questionnaires and personal interview, transformed into data and computed with simple percentages for this work. It was discovered that despite the abundant aquaculture potentials of the study area in terms of land, local feedstuffs, good climate and perennial streams; the impact of harvested fish was yet to be felt in the area. Lack of feasibility study on sites selection, poor fish culture management methods, poor pond construction amongst others, were some of the major constraints of fish farming in the study area. However, proper feasibility study on fish farm project, site selection, knowledge of fish farm management practices, fingerling transportation from the hatchery; and a running capital are some of the measures that would remove the constraints.