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Abstract

Nutritional Suitability of Leucaena Leaf Meal in the Diet of Clarias Gariepinus

The nutritive value of Leucaena leucocephala in the diet of the Clarias gariepinus was investigated in this study; fingerlings (7.60g ± 0.001) were fed diet containing 0%, 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% inclusion levels of Leucaena leaf meal for 8 weeks in outdoor hapa system. Result obtained reveals that Fish fed 20% Leucaena leaf meal had the best performance in terms of weight gain, specific growth rate (SGR) and feed conversion ratio (P<0.05), hence Leucaeana leucocephala leaf meal can be included in the diets of Clarias gariepinus at 20% inclusion levels without adverse effect on the African catfish. Further research could focus on higher inclusions level in an attempt to further reduce cost of fish production


Author(s): Tiamiyu LO, Okomoda VT and Agbo AO

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