Effects of Cassava Leaf Meal on Growth Performance and Nutrient Utilization of African Catfish in the Semi-Arid Zone of Nigeria

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Author(s) Hassan M. | Wakil U.B | A.I Gamawa
Pages 689-693
Volume 6
Issue 2
Date February, 2017
Keywords Clarias Gariepinus, Growth Performance, Nutrient Utilization and Cassava Leaf Meal

A 52 day feeding trial was conducted to evaluate the possibility of utilising cassava leaf meal as a plant protein source in the diet of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus). Four iso-nitrogenous diets were formulated to contain Cassava leaf meal at 0, 10, 20 and 30% respectively. Total of 120 fingerlings of C. gariepinus were randomly stocked at 10/tank with replications and assigned a particular diet. At the end of the trial, growth performance and nutrient utilization showed decreasing trend to Cassava leaf meal levels in the diet. The group fed diet containing 10 and 20% CLM were not significantly different with the control diet. Diet containing 30% CLM recorded the lowest values (1.57g and 3.93g) Specific growth rate (SGR) and weight gain (WG) respectively. However, condition factor (K) and percentage survival rate were not significantly affected by the treatments. The study further revealed that the use of CLM at levels up to 20% could be used for the formulation of C. gariepinus diet without affecting growth and nutrient utilization.

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