African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6574

Full Length Research Paper

Replacement of fishmeal with locally available ingredients in diet composition of Macrobrachium dayanum

  Seema Langer*, Yahya Bakhtiyar and Rewa Lakhnotra        
Department of Zoology, University of Jammu and Kashmir, 1800 06, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 January 2011
  •  Published: 31 March 2011



The effect of locally available low cost ingredients such as silk worm pupae (SWP), soyabean meal (SBM), earth worm meal (EWM) as a replacement of fish meal (FM) on growth, survival and biochemical composition, were investigated for Macrobrachiumdayanum (0.50 g). A significantly higher rate of growth, survival and food conversion ratio(FCR) were recorded for prawns fed EWM, as compared to SWP, SBM, and FM. The proximate composition of flesh further revealed a higher level of proteins and lipids in prawns fed EWM thereby indicating EWM as a possible substitute of FM.


Key words: Macrobrachium dayanum, low cost ingredients, biochemical composition.