In Bangladesh, the major cost of fish farming includes the feeding cost which comprises of 70-79% of the total cost and due to overfeeding and high feed conversion ratio(FCR) the farmers incurs unnecessary cost. ‘eFisheries’ reduces up to 21% of the feeding cost and boost profit.
The machine can feed the fish automatically, after sensing the fish’s appe-tite. Additionally, it can adjust the amount of feed given considering the appetite as it is connected to the internet. Besides, fish farmers can control fish/shrimp feeding performance directly from their smartphone or laptop, anytime, and anywhere.
Furthermore, it can amount feed broadcast and daily temperature stored in database which can be monitored and experts can give suggestions accordingly. More interestingly, it gives the convenience in handling business remotely. It reduces the labor cost up to 30% because of less or no water quality deterioration which is a result of optimum feeding. The price of the machine is around 1, 00,000-1, 10,000 and the payback period for the machine will be around 1-1.25 years. The lifetime of the machine is five years. ACI will start the marketing of ‘eFishery’ from the month of April.
Dr. F H Ansarey