African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6863


Catfish culture in Nigeria: Progress, prospects and problems

  Adewumi A.  A.1* and Olaleye V. F. 2        
  1University of Science. and Technology, Ifaki Ekiti, Nigeria. 2Department of Zoology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 October 2010
  •  Published: 31 March 2011



A review of the culture of catfish of the family Claridae in Nigeria was carried out using secondary data. The story of aquaculture in Nigeria is essentially the story of catfish culture. The favoured catfish species include: Clarias gariepinusHeterobranchus bidorsalis,Clarias × Heterobranchus hybrid (‘Heteroclarias’) and Clarias nigrodigitatusC. gariepinusand Heterobranchus are the most farmed fish in Nigeria. Catfish farming has continued to attract private sector initiative compared to earlier public or government-sponsored programmes. If the associated problems of production, especially the twin issue of feed production and fingerling supply are tackled, Nigeria will soon become a world exporter of catfish.


Key words: Nigeria, culture, catfish, Clarias, Heterobranchus.