Eels Have A Great Market Demand in Kampong Chhnang Province
In Kampong Chhnang province, eel farming is very productive due to high market demand and little competition.
The eel farm in Kompong Chhnang province. Source: Ministry of Information of Cambodia
Ngin Hun, Director of the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, said that Kampong Chhnang province has only one eel farm, which is performing remarkably.
He added, “Eels in Kampong Chhnang province has a great market share. Farmers feed the eels with natural food. They collect dead surplus sea fish and grind them.”
Natural feeding ensures that the farm eels have meat texture and taste comparable to eels living in the wild.
Mr. Tho Vanna, the owner of an eel farm in Kdei Tnaot village, Sre Thmey commune, Rolea Bier district, Kampong Chhnang province, has been raising eels for the last decade. Initially, he bought eels captured in the wild by fishermen. With adequate feeding for 6 to 7 months, he could start selling the fully grown eels in portions when the price was high enough.
Currently, his farm has 35 tanks, with 25 tanks belonging to eels raised for meat and the rest belonging to eel offsprings (for breeding). Each breeding tank shelters 1500-2000 eels with a total weight of 150 kilograms. Fully grown, these eels could weigh up to 5 tons.
“If you raise eels with proper techniques, you will gain plenty of benefits from it,” he noted.
He also emphasized the importance of carefully nurturing the eels as well as employing new technologies to assist with the production.
By: Pon Lorngdy