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March 01, 2018

Sales of catfish offspring double in Thanlyin

Catfish fingerlings are seen at a hatchery in Thanlyin.  Photo: Myitmakha News Agency
Catfish fingerlings are seen at a hatchery in Thanlyin.
Photo: Myitmakha News Agency

DEMAND for fresh and salt water catfish fingerlings within Yangon’s Thanlyin Township has doubled this May, compared with sales during April, according to fish offspring sellers.
Only around 25,000 baby fish were sold in the Thanlyin market in April, with the end of the third week of May seeing sales reach over the 50,000 mark.
“Catfish are the type of fish for which there’s trading all year round, while the normal season for selling fish offspring is between April  and October. But the scorching temperatures this April dried up sales. The coming of the rains has seen a distinct trend of consecutive sales—an increase of50 per cent,” said Ko Ye Kyaw, a fish offspring distributor and seller.
Catfish farmers generally start by breeding around 4,000 fish. After around three months, they can earn a profit of around K700,000 if at least 3,500 of their offspring have not perished, according to catfish farmers.
Catfish offspring measuring two inches long sell for K50 each in the national wholesale market. Most buyers are from Mon and Kayin states and Bago and Ayeyawady regions.
“Our fish couldn’t stand the heatwave we had back in April. Only those with tarpaulins completely covering their ponds bred fish. With the coming of the rain, we’ve been breeding fish since the start of May, ordering [offspring] from as far as Yangon,” said KoMyo Zaw, a fish farmer from Myan Aung Township, Ayeyawady Region.
Catfish are fed imported dried fish feed from neighbouring Thailand and chopped up chicken intestines, and once the offspring reach four inches in size, they can be fed whole chicken intestines.—Myitmakha News Agency


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