Shrimp cultivation is one of those lucrative businesses we have in agriculture, however, there are unhealthy operations to avoid in shrimp farming else you would be up for serious losses.
In this resource, I have put up series of practices you must stay away from as a shrimp farmer in a bid to maximize profit.
Unhealthy Operations To Avoid In Shrimps Farming – Overview
Internationally, the shrimp market has been on a trend for quite some time now, with the demand so promising to increase in time to come.
However, research has explained that it would not be an easy task to have a balanced demand and production ratio, as the survival rate of shrimps is 50 percent (%) on an average.
Well, aside the pathogens that bring diseases, there are several factors that determine the survival rate of shrimps.
The following are the common mistakes made in the initial phase of rearing by shrimp farmers, and ways to correct such unhealthy practices.
Unhealthy Operations To Avoid In Shrimps Farming
Such operations or mistakes include, but are not limited to;
Poor Pond Preparation
Are you aware that just a little change can make a huge difference?
Having said so, adequate pond preparation is mandatory.
It is important to note that just before you stock your shrimp pond, there’s need to remove the carcasses, and also disinfect the whole area.
Analysing the history of such place is a very crucial step in pond preparation, especially when the selected area has had a record of disease outbreak.
Such pond region needs to be adequately researched and prepared. In fact, this can be regarded as an initial step towards a good shrimp culturing practices.
Best Operations – Cleaning and also disinfecting the pond; adequate pond preparation before you stock
Poor PL Selection
Just so you know that as you sow, that you reap (funny, but true).
PLs discovered must be healthy so as to increase the survival rate.
And to make this happen, PL must be bought from popular and legimitate hatcheries.
Purchasing a cheap PL in order to breakdown costs in the initial phase will not aid in getting any profit. It would only result in more expenditures to correct such mistakes.
Best Operations – Only Purchase PL from popular and trusted hatcheries.
For the records, Shrimps are known to be highly sensitive to several environmental factors, having stress as one of those factors.
Unfortunately, overstocking has its way of increasing stress among the stock of shrimps, having the common visible adverse impact to be regarded growth.
In addition, this furthers the chances of crops around to contact several diseases.
Best Operations – Stock your pond with the correct number of shrimps. A preferred number should be between 40 and60 shrimps per square meter
Amongst all, the gathering of feed substances in your shrimp pond will do more bad than good.
Why? Because the feed particles tend to decompose, and would slowly deteriorate the pond environmental condition, thereby making it even more toxic.
At the end, your Shrimps in such affected pond will get poisoned by the toxic compounds, resulting to high mortality rate.
— You must feed you shrimps with the right feed proportion
— Often monitor the pond to determine whether the feed is being eaten
— Increase or decrease the feed quantity where needed.
Turning a blind eyes to the well-being of your shrimp is never an attribute of a good shrimp farmer. You must have time for the shrimps which you culture.
In order to make huge profit out of this type of agribusiness, you should try as much as possible to always avoid the aforementioned common mistakes or unhealthy practices while culturing your shrimps.