Title: Economical basis for fingerling production in cage culture in Sri Lanka

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The objective of the study is the evaluation of the fingerling production system of cage culture in perennial reservoirs in Sri Lanka. More precisely, to estimate the suitability of the cage culture system as a fingerling production system before expanding it. Data from the research trial that was carried out in Muthukandiya reservoir in Sri Lanka under ACIAR project (No. 9440) 1997-2000 were used in this study. Production cost analysis was done considering an imaginary cage culture project. It consisted of 3 phases with 40 cages (Phase 1), 60 cages (Phase 2) and 80 cages (Phase 3). The model used the details Investment, Operation, Cash flow and Balance Sheet of the project. The funding of this project is proposed to be provided mainly by a bank loan (Rs. 4.36 million with an interest rate of 12%) and also by Rs. 500,000 funding from a non-governmental organisation (NGO). No funding is proposed by shareholders. The amount of the bank loan was estimated considering the investment and first year operational cost. From the year 2009 the project is profitable and gradually builds up the total equity. In the 5th operational year of the project (2013) the total equity has become positive (Rs. 89,192). The operating surplus (EBIDTA) is Rs. -881080 in the year 2008. From the production start in 2009, the revenue will increase and the EBIDTA will become positive and increase from 32.97% to 41.47% in 2017. The income tax in Sri Lanka is 35%. The loss incurred in 2008 is subtracted from the taxable profit of the following years until 2013 when the taxable loss transfer is fully used up. The project shows a net present worth of Rs. 105,601 at the rate of 12.6% return not considering the method of funding. Accordingly the project will be profitable. Fingerling of rohu (Labeo rohita) and common carp (Cyprinus carpio) production through cage culture using locally available feed stuff, rice bran and commercial feed in Muthukandiya reservoir in Sri Lanka looks to be an economically profitable activity.

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