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Processed cocoyam tuber as carbohydrate source in the diet of juvenile African catfish, Clarias Gariepinus
 
Aderolu. Ademola Zaid, Lawal Muyideen Owanire and Oladipupo. Muinat Oluwakemi
 
 

Carbohydrate has been primarily used in fish diet as energy source and for their binding properties. It is important in formulated diets because they are cheaper than lipids and proteins. Diets used in fish farming contain high variable amounts of carbohydrate depending on cultivated species. Fish species differs greatly in their ability to digest carbohydrate; this variability reflects anatomical and functional differences of the gastrointestinal tract and associated organs.

 

The production of cocoyam otherwise called Taro is low compared to the other roots and tubers. Hence, it appears to be a better choice than cereal in fish feed production in terms of digestibility of starch, the size of starch grain, sulphur amino acids and price per tonne.

 

Clarias Gariepinus is one of the most suitable aquaculture species in Africa. This catfish has been credited for being hardy, resistance to handling stress, omnivorous, better growth and feed conversion abilities. The high quality and better taste of its flesh makes it a highly demanded fish. Hence, it resulted in a need to increase the local production of this species at cheaper production cost.

 
 

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