Dry fishponds become oases of productivity
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CTA. 1994. Dry fishponds become oases of productivity. Spore 52. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The 1992 drought in Malawi devastated many farmers' household food supplies. However, several farmers with fishponds managed to overcome the disaster because the residual moisture in the ponds enabled them to grow food crops. Fishponds are a...
The 1992 drought in Malawi devastated many farmers' household food supplies. However, several farmers with fishponds managed to overcome the disaster because the residual moisture in the ponds enabled them to grow food crops. Fishponds are a relatively new innovation for farmers in Malawi. The International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management (lCLARM), working with Malawi's fisheries department and university has been developing aquaculture that can be integrated with existing farming systems. The programme was badly interrupted during the 1992 drought. Farmers with fishponds were able to harvest the fish before the ponds dried out. The fish boosted the small family food supply and the farmers were then able to plant vegetables in the pond. This gave them an extra crop when other farmers were unable to grow anything. The farmers who had no fish ponds saw what was happening, and were encouraged to consider fish farming for themselves. ICLARM has also been introducing fish ponds in Ghana. The effect has been to make farmers realize that excessive rainfall need not be a destructive force. Instead of causing severe soil erosion, it can be properly channeled and used to produce fish, vegetables, livestock and trees. ICLARM MCPO Box 2631 0718 Makati Metro Manila PHILIPPINES
SubjectsANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH;
- CTA Spore (English)