a nice size Tilapia cost $1.70 in the supermarket here retail, say its half that wholesale, ($.85) how much do the Tilapia fingerlings cost,
how much for electricity to run ur pumps, how much gas to drive to sell them. How much did the whole set up cost?
seems to me u need to be raising /selling thousands/month to make it worth your while
We are thinking of building a pond on our land but i am Looking more at raising ducks than fish
than open a small rice an duck restaurant on the main road on the land outside Kep
I need to be more specific regarding my intentions here.
My initial interest here is to build a system, a small system, to see IF I can make a go of it. I want to see if I can maintain my fish, grow vegetables, etc., for us to consume. BUT, I have also been asked to see if I can grow some vegetables and herbs for friends who own restaurants, locally.
We are still in town. This system is not being set up at the farm. If I were doing this at the farm, I would start out with a much larger system.
For long term production and sales, I probably would not go with Tilapia here. They are only 5,000r / kg at the local market. I would go with a different fish, which fetches a much higher price. Tilapia seem to be the best choice to go with for now, though. They are easy to breed, breed quickly, and are strong fish. We also bartered for them.
I cannot speak for Thailand. But, if the land you are referring to is in Cambodia, I would prbably raise something other than Tilapia.
Oh, the overhead to run an aquaponics system, once it has been set up and running, is very little. air pumps can even be optional if you use venturis to draw air into the flowing water.