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Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development

An economic study of small-scale tilapia fish farming in Mymensingh district of Bangladesh

N.I. Toma1, M. Mohiuddin2*, M.S. Alam3, M.M. Suravi4

1Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, EXIM Bank Agricultural University, Bangladesh.

2*Senior Scientific Officer, BARI, RARS, Jamalpur, Bangladesh.

3Upazila Agriculture officer, Mirsharai, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

4Former MS Student, Department of Agricultural Economics, BAU, Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

Accepted 02 October, 2015

Citation: Toma NI, Mohiuddin M, Alam MS, Suravi MM (2015). An economic study of small-scale tilapia fish farming in Mymensingh district of Bangladesh. Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, 2(3): 050-053.

Copyright: © 2015. Toma et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited. 


The study was designed to estimate the costs, returns and resource use efficiency of tilapia fish farming in some selected areas of Mymensingh district. Both tabular and statistical techniques were used to achieve the objectives set for the study. The study revealed that the tilapia fish production is profitable business. Per hectare yield of tilapia fish were 19432 kg, 23234 kg, 27993 kg, for which money value was Tk. 2407846, 2950242, 3517805 for marginal, small and medium farmers, respectively. Benefit cost ratio was the highest for medium farmers (1.33) followed by marginal and small farmers (1.27). It was observed that the coefficient of human labour, feed and irrigation charge had significant effect on economic returns. Resource use efficiency analysis revealed that farmers are not efficient in using resources in tilapia fish production. Human labour cost, feed cost and fish protection chemicals cost were underused and therefore increase the use of these resources can maximize profit in tilapia fish production. Multiple ownership of pond, high price of feed, high disease infestation and lack of scientific knowledge and management were found the major problems for tilapia fish.

Key word: Cost, returns, resource use efficiency, tilapia fish, Bangladesh