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CTA. 2003. Fresh fish. Spore 104. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A farm-based fish-farming project is making good headway in the forest area of Guinea, providing both additional income and proteins to local families.
A farm-based fish-farming project is making good headway in the forest area of Guinea, providing both additional income and proteins to local families. The area is poor in animal protein and fish is an essential source. Until now, local people have had to fall back on imported frozen fish, brought in through the port of Conakry, 1,000 km away. In 1999, a fish-farming project was set up in the department of Nzérékoré by APDRA, the association for fish farming and rural development in humid tropical Africa. Drawing on its earlier experiences in Côte d'Ivoire, APDRA focuses on extensive fish-rearing. Fish are raised, eating naturally, in ponds created in unused depressions in the landscape. The ponds cover an area of about 3,000 m2, or 10 times the size of ponds used for intensive fish-rearing. This reduces the size of start-up investment and running costs. The association makes no financial contribution, leaving the farmers to meet their expenses. It does, however, provide the nursery fish and training and monitoring. The farmers have managed to make their activities viable, and a good complement to their other work. Local consumers win too, preferring to buy the locally produced fish: 80% of the output is sold on the spot, and the rest is taken by nearby villages. At the end of 2002, when the project closed, the results were impressive: 50 farmers were fish-farming 15 hectares of fish ponds, on both extensive and intensive scales. A transition phase will soon be completed and a new, 3-year project is set for launch later in 2003 with support from the French development agency AFD. It will cover a larger area. According to Christophe François, who has run the APDRA project for 3 years, the key to success is in the variety of models on offer: "show people a range of models, each one matching a certain type of farm. That's what makes it work, and that's why it needs time to take off." APDRA 3 square Guimard F 78690 Voisins-le-Bretonneux France Fax/tél. : +33 1 42 37 88 65 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org