Why Shrimp Farming?
If you’re looking for a profitable business idea, then you don’t need to look much further than shrimp farming. Shrimp are always in high demand and if you can create and run a successful freshwater shrimp farm, you will definitely find financial success. So, in this article, we will be looking at how you can set up a shrimp farming business and start rearing hundreds of thousands of tasty shrimp.
Where To Start
Now, the first thing you need to do is to become familiar with shrimp farming and the various processes involved. Do your research! For example, newly dug ponds are rarely successful on the first year simply because the pond doesn’t have enough algae or insect larvae built up for the shrimp to eat.
Also, in order to do shrimp farming, you will need enough land space to create ponds or store water tanks or pools for the shrimp to grow in. The larger space you have available, the more shrimp farming you can do, which will lead to greater profits. You will also have to consider the actual daily work involved which may mean you have to hire help from time to time or take on a permanent employee.
The Next Step
Once you’ve become more familiar with the process by talking to other shrimp farmers and doing your research, you then need to get the appropriate approvals and licenses. In most states and countries, you will need to have an aquaculture permit in order to do shrimp farming. So, make sure to visit your state or country’s Department of Agriculture in order to determine whether you need a permit and if you do, make sure to get yours as soon as possible.
And Now The Ground Work
The next step would be to secure land or a location in order to farm your shrimp. If you have a large backyard, you can use this to either create a pond or use tanks. You can even use a pre-existing swimming pool if you have one available.
There is no requirement that you must have a pond to farm shrimp, however, ponds tend to be more effective. If you want to yield a large amount of shrimp, then you should definitely have a pond dug up in your available land.
Test The Water
After you have secured your pond and it is full of water, you need to test the water before you introduce the shrimp. You need to ensure that the water is free from chemicals as well as any bacteria or animals that could eat your shrimp. This means that it should be free of frogs, fish and other insects. The pH of the water should also be less than 10 and you will have to add an aerator to the pond to make it survivable for the shrimp.
Lastly, you will have to buy juvenile shrimp to add to the pond and feed them twice per day. Their feed will include pellets which have about 38% protein in addition to insect larvae, algae and plankton. Once the shrimp grow to their full size, you can then sell them to individuals, restaurants or grocery stores. It is certainly a process, but once you start farming, and get some initial experience, it will become easier and you can get a healthy profit from this business.
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