Aquatic Food Studies 2023, Vol 3, Num, 1     (Pages: AFS144)

Duckweed as an Underutilized Species Having Potential in Feed Sector

Abdurrazzaq Ibrahim Abdullahi 1 ,Tukur Mohammed 2

1 Department of Fisheries, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, 600004, Nigeria
2 Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 810107, Nigeria
DOI : 10.4194/AFS144 - This study evaluated the importance of duckweed and compared it with soybean as an alternative feed. Determination of proximate composition of all samples was done in triplicate. Toasted soybean meal had significantly the highest protein content of 38.00% while raw duckweed meal recorded the least of 35.08%. The cost-benefit evaluation revealed that 75% blanched duckweed meal gave the highest net profit (₦3,682) and lowest incident cost (₦6.49). This study revealed that blanched duckweed meal has great potential in feed sector and can serves as an alternative to soybean and also will reduce the cost of feed production and maximize profit. Keywords : Duckweed meal Feed sector Lemna paucicostata Oreochromis niloticus Feed production