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					Preliminary Feasibility Studies

Site Analysis is the first step in determining feasibility of a proposed site. Without a good
site, an project is unlikely to be successful as it will be competing against other farms that
have superior sites. Water & soil analysis is a very important part of the site analysis
process. An assessment of the existing infrastructure is also very important. This
infrastructure includes traditional components such as labor, energy and site access as
well as non-traditional infrastructure such as feed availability, processing plant options
and much more.
Species selection can also have a profound impact on success of a given project. The
selection requires careful consideration of the market demands, the technical aspects of
growing the species in question, the skill of management and the site constraints. Part of
our job is to evaluate these factors and make recommendations on species selection for
projects that show preliminary feasibility.

Preliminary Production & Design Recommendations

Preliminary recommendations on production strategies and suitable farm design given
unique topography of the site, environmental concerns, labor force and the species
selected.

Preliminary Market Analysis

We will provide a brief review of the global and regional markets for the most suitable
species and make preliminary market strategy recommendations based on project size
and existing markets.

Preliminary Financial Pro-formas

Integrating all the above information, a complete financial feasibility analysis can be
prepared.
The above brief descriptions simply provide guidelines of what we typically like to cover
in the first round of our involvement in a new project. Each project is unique and likewise
have varying needs. This first round of work may serve as the basis for more in-depth
investigation as required. In the second round of project development, we typically focus
on in-depth analysis and recommendations regarding production, Hatchery design,
management, marketing and the refinement of the financial pro-formas. The completion
of the second phase will bring the project to the point where a professional business plan
can be formulated using all the research and reports developed to date.
Commercial fish farming is a time-consuming, expensive, high-risk business
that requires careful planning, a good understanding of fish biology, and sound
business management skills. A careful study of economic considerations,
especially product demand, financing, production costs, and marketing should
be conducted before investing in a commercial fish farm. A detailed description
of important considerations for establishing a commercial fish Hatchery
enterprise is provided in Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 420-012,
"Planning for Commercial Aquaculture."

                        Typical Fish HatcheryCosts.
                     Capital Costs     Operating Costs
                                       Fish
                     Land              Feed
                     Buildings         Electricity
                     Hauling Trucks    Fuel
                     Water Supply      Labor
                     Plumbing & Pipes Transportation
                     Hauling Tanks     Maintenance
                     Aerators          Chemicals
                     Oxygen Meter      Drugs
                     Nets & Seines     Telephone
                     Feeding Equipment Taxes
                     Tractors & Mowers Interest
                                       Insurance

COST ESTIMATES

INITIAL (CAPITAL) COSTS


Land                                  4 × 0.2 ha               RS/-200000
Electric Pump                           -------                RS/-100000
Hatchery building                      2000ft2                 RS/- 1200000
Office building                        1000ft2                 RS/- 400000
Housing                               3 × staff                RS/- 100000

Equipment:

Tanks:
                     2 × 0.2 m3
                     2 × 0.5 m3
                     5 × 1.0 m3
                     3 × 1.5 m3
                     3 × 3.0 m3
                     5 × 5.0 m3
                    3 × 10.0 m3
                          2 × 25.0 m3

                                                        RS/- 100000

Nets                                                    RS/-25000

Furniture                                               RS/-20000

Computers/calculator/typewriter                         RS/-30000
Vehicles:                                               RS/-300000
Generators                                              RS/-70 000
Refrigeration and air conditioning                      RS/-50 000
Microscopes                                             RS/-75 000
Balances                                                RS/-30000
pH, DO2, Hach meters and kits                           RS/-50000
Oxygen Cylinder & Accessories                           RS/-10 000
Homogenizer/haemocytometer/ refractometer/Secchi disk   RS/-25 000

TOTAL CAPITAL

RECURRING COSTS

1 Deputy Director                                          RS/-80 000
1 Assistant Directors                                      RS/-50000
2 Research Assistants                                      RS/-60000
2 Drivers                                                  RS/-40000
2 Laboratory Assistants                                    RS/-46000
4 Peons/cleaners                                           RS/-28000
2Chowdikars                                                RS/-30000

Prepared feed (30 kg)                                      RS/-30000
fertilizers/chemicals                                      RS/-28000
Transport                                                  RS/-80000
Communications/taxes/utilities                             RS/-5000

TOTAL RECURRING COSTS

				
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