One of the most important obstacles hindering sustainable aquaculture development in Egypt is the feed, maintaining quality and reasonable price point.
Fish food contributes to about 75 to 85% of the running costs of fish production.
The fish feed prices have increased tremendously in the last few years in Egypt and comprises a large proportion of the farm costs. This increase has been attributed to the importation of ingredients and increased foreign currency exchange rates. The price of fish feed are continuously increasing without much increase in the price of the final product, impacting economic feasibility.
Moreover, the farmers usually must buy feed on credit which puts an additional burden on them.