Catfish and frogs can be raised in areas with limited space and their management is easy; both children and adults can help each other to raise them. The catfish and frogs are raised as food for the family, as well as food to sell, which saves and makes money. They are ideal for building children’s behaviors of responsibility as they can learn to contribute to the family finances and the care of other creatures. Households can raise catfish and frogs in car tires or cement pipes which have low cost and low water consumption, and if taken care of these will be fast-growing. Catfish and frogs can be grown in a shared space with vegetable gardens, as the water drained from the pond will go down into the garden beds and work as a natural liquid fertilizer, giving use to the waste.
The optimal time for catfish and frog farming:
May to November of every year, catfish and frogs can be raised up to 5-6 months into winter. This will be their optimal production and breeding time. At some points during the year, catfish and frogs slow or stop eating, which slows their growth.
Materials and containers used to build ponds for raising catfish and frogs:
There are many types of ponds that can be done in a variety of ways as preferred by the raiser. Most importantly, materials can be easily found and convenient to the community such as clay and car tires, rectangular cement ponds, and pre-made round pipe cement ponds.
Low cost of catfish and frog raising:
Young frogs and catfish are cheap and water-saving. In particular, frog farming requires very little water, and the frogs grow quickly. After feeding for 5-6 months, catfish and frogs can be eaten. About 7-10 catfish weigh 1 kg; they can be sold for 45-60 baht per kilogram. Frogs raised for 5-months are ideal to sell; just 5 frogs weigh around 1 kg weight, sold at 90 baht per kilogram.