Factors influencing the price of fish in central Malawi and its implications on the development of aquaculture

A study to investigate factors that influence prices of fish was conducted in Lilongwe, Salima, Kasungu and Mchinji districts of the Central Region of Malawi. Market type, form of preservation, species type, length of fish, weight of fish, distance to the market, and distance from the main city were examined using multiple regression analysis to find their influence on price. It was found out that species type, weight, form of preservation and market type influenced the prices of fish more than the other variables. This has a bearing when it comes to aquaculture policy. Producers in aquaculture must therefore take into consideration the market conditions when producing the fish.
Une étude visant à étudier les facteurs qui influent sur les prix de poisson a été menée dans les districts de Lilongwe, Salima, Kasungu et Mchinji de la région centrale du Malawi. Le type de marché, la forme de conservation, le type d’espèce, la longueur des poissons, le poids des poissons, la distance pour se rendre au marché, ainsi que celle pour atteindre la ville ont été examinés en utilisant une analyse de régression multiple pour trouver leur influence sur les prix. Il a été constaté que le type d’espèces, le poids, la forme de la conservation et le type de marché ont influé les prix du poisson plus que les autres variables. Cela a une incidence quand il s’agit de la politique de l’aquaculture. Les producteurs en aquaculture doivent donc prendre en considération les conditions du marché lors de la production du poisson.
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Aqua Culture and Fisheries"