Keep at it, you fish farmers!
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CTA. 2000. Keep at it, you fish farmers!. Spore 86. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46728
Internet URL: http://spore.cta.int/images/stories/pdf/old/spore86.pdf
study visit to Malawi on sustainable agro-pisciculture systems in sub-Saharan Africa in November 1999
A set of concrete action plans for improving the extension and promotion of agro-pisciculture was drawn up by appreciative participants during a study visit to Malawi on sustainable agro-pisciculture systems in sub-Saharan Africa in November 1999. The 14 participants from 9 sub-Saharan African countries were enthusiastic about the extension system used in smallholder aquaculture in Malawi, although they indicated a gap between the governmental services and NGO structures. Many fish farming projects were set up in Malawi with donor support in the past 10 years, which has resulted in an increase in the number of people hooked on fish farming from 500 to more than 3000. But extension and research services were curtailed drastically once the projects ended, and maintenance of infrastructure became difficult. Another lesson learnt is that fry production centres (commercial or governmental) and extension services should be strategically spread throughout the country. The study visit was organised by CTA in collaboration with the Malawian Department of Fisheries and the Malawi office of the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM).