TANZANIA – An innovative solution aimed at revolutionizing fish farming management has been unveiled by Mr. Livinus Paschalates, a developer from the University of Dodoma (UDOM). 

The device was introduced at the 48th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair, held on July 1, 2024, 

Mr. Paschalates introduced the “autofeeder,” a cutting-edge automatic fish feeding device designed to combat inefficiencies and inaccuracies in fish feeding practices.

The autofeeder addresses a critical issue faced by fish farmers: the reliability of feeding schedules and the accurate measurement of feed dispensed. 

Traditionally, farmers have struggled with monitoring feeding times and quantities, often resulting in suboptimal growth and financial losses. 

Mr. Paschalates emphasized that the device provides real-time data to farm owners via SMS, detailing the precise amount of food dispensed and the timing of each feeding session.

According to Mr. Paschalates, the autofeeder eliminates the need for frequent physical checks on farms, allowing owners to remotely monitor and manage feeding operations. 

This capability not only enhances operational efficiency but also reduces instances of fish mortality due to improper feeding practices or neglect.

Aquaculture expert Musa Said highlighted the device’s role in combating fraudulent practices among farm workers, who may falsify feeding records to cover negligence or personal activities. 

The device’s introduction comes amidst growing concerns over sustainable aquaculture practices and the need for precise management tools.

By facilitating accurate feeding regimes based on expert recommendations, the autofeeder aims to optimize fish growth rates and overall farm productivity. 

Challenges such as water capacity and fry size considerations have been acknowledged, emphasizing the device’s role in addressing these intricacies to ensure consistent and healthy fish populations.

Mr. Paschalates expressed confidence that the autofeeder will empower fish farmers by providing them with reliable data and operational insights, thereby fostering a more efficient and profitable aquaculture industry. 

As the technology gains traction, its potential to reshape fish farming practices is poised to make a significant impact on both small-scale and large-scale operations alike.

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