Catfish hatchery and growout

The farm holds its own hatchery for the production of catfish (Clarias gariepinus) fry and the breeding of fingerlings and juveniles. The current hatchery capacity is 2 million catfish and we are expanding this capacity towards the end of 2022. Next to this we grow a total of 850 tonnes table size catfish in our own RAS raceway breeding ponds. Our production comes with a laid out strategy to involve local Satellite farmers who will buy our catfish at fingerling or juvenile stage, and grow them to table size (assured technical support).

As of the third quarter of 2022 we will start with the construction of our own processing and cold storage facilities. Completion of this processing plant is foreseen within the fourth quarter of 2022. At this time we will have the possibility to buy the table size catfish back from our Satellite farmers at reasonable market prices, so that we can market them as whole round frozen catfish to local cold stores, the hospitality sector and the West African export market.

layout catfish processing facility
 layout catfish processing facility

All processes in the hatchery and breeding ponds are executed without using chemicals, water is being filtered organically and reused in our breeding ponds. This is also the case with the water used in the hatchery. Allthough this is a flow-through system, the effluent water runs through an organic filtration system and is being reused in the breeding ponds.

grading of catfish
catfish hatching
striping catfish

At this moment the Ekrawfo Hub farm holds one of the largest breeding facilities in Ghana. High standard techniques, modern installations and off course quality brood stock ensuring fast growing fingerlings and juveniles.

Cluster Farming has the knowledge and experience to hatch a pure Clarias Gariepinus breed, but also the hybrid breed - Clarias Gariepinus and Heterobranchus Longifilus, meeting the local and West African demand for quality aquacultured catfish and reducing the pressure on natural marine and local fish populations.