The high cost of procuring the imported fish feeding stuff has been a major barrier to both small holders and commercial fish farmers in Nigeria and Africa. This was especially very pronounced within the Niger Delta region of Nigeria where their major means of livelihood is fishery due to the degraded land and compromised environment. Thus, in order to solve this problem of high cost of fish feeding stuff affecting the local fish farmers, we thought and innovated the HETAVED ORGANIC FLOATING FISH FEEDS as alternative that is both affordable, available and with high efficiency.
The HETAVED organic floating fish feed formulated from organic wastes provide a ready alternative and solution to the problem of lack of the availability and non-affordability of fish feeding stuff due to high cost of the imported feeds and the non efficiency of the locally made non- floating fish feeding stuff. Thus, the HETAVED Patented organic fish feeds is a highly valued innovation to help small holders fish farmers venture into profitable aquaculture in the Niger Delta Region, Nigeria and for other Africa regions.
The thousand and millions of small holders and commercial fish farmers in the Niger Delta region as well as other fish farmers in Nigeria and Africa stands to benefit from this intervention through accessibility to affordable and efficient fish feeding stuff for profitable aquaculture . Most especially, the able body but idle youths, women and other farmers could be easily engaged through this intervention, thereby solving the problem of high rate of poverty, hunger, malnutrition and unemployment with youths restiveness in the region.
Mission and Vision
Our mission and purpose for this innovation is to empower small holder fish farmers venture into profitable aquaculture businesses thereby creating opportunities for empowering the people to live above poverty, hunger, malnutrition and unemployment. Through this innovation, we intend to promote responsible production and consumption culture among the people. We hope to reach out and empower over five millions of small holders farmers around the Niger Delta region, over 25 -35 millions in Nigeria and within Africa, over 40- 55 millions of fish farmers could be empowered through this innovation.
Patented Floating Fish Feeds formulated from locally available organic Agriculture Wastes for aquaculture ventures as a source of cheap and affordable feeding stuff for Sustainable fishery Production in Nigeria especially within the Niger Delta region. The formulation is well fortified with the necessarily proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals needed for fish production but with an organic ingredient to make it float for effective feeding of cultured fishes. Today, with the inventions and Introduction of hetavad Organic Floating Fish Feeds, farmers can now make profit from their ventures which also has enhance the interest of youths, Women and Girls in aquaculture business of recent. The products , as developed from various ingredients needed for fish production, is enabled to float while feeding fishes which account for it effective uses as compared to the non- floating locally made feeds. It is both affordable, accessible and efficient for both small holders and even commercial fish farmers use. To produce and formulate, the organic wastes from maize are selected, dried and crunched before grinding into powder. The weighed out powder is then added to the various ingredients for the formulation of 15kg bags as standard packaging to be sold to farmers. In comparism, this product is far cheaper and with quality in terms of performance to the foreign made and imported fish feeds..
One, we have secured the Patent registration No. 005443 from the Federal Government of Nigeria. In term of affordability and availability, Hetavad organic floating which is prefer to the imported feeds stuff which are too exorbitant and most time not available especially to the small holders farmers. Also, our brand has efficiency and low risks when used compare to the locally formulated non-floating fish feed which causes water pollution and death of fishes in farms. So far, the pilot testing of this products in small farms, Private commercial fish farms and Public research farms has shown very high success rate . The Feeds are now being demanded for by many small holder farmers who are willing to ventures into commercial fish farming as means of livelihood.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Having secure the Patent Right so far from the Federal Government of Nigeria, as well as having perfected the Phytochemical, Proximate and Quantitative analysis, we are now set for commercial production to serve the fish farming communities within the Niger Delta region as well as a future plan to expand to other part of Nigeria and Africa. Our next immediate plan is to acquire machines for scale commercial production such as Crunching, Drying, Grinding and pelleting machines with mobility for easy conveyance and operations.