This project has started in 2009 with the aim to replicate the successful “Women in Aquaculture” project. Project was a joint collaboration of Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM) program of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Nepal and a local NGO –RainasTar Development Committee (RDS). Furthermore Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) supported a small grant for two-year period (January 2008 –December 2009) to initiate a small-scale aquaculture in mid-hills Nepal.
- One family one pond with an average size of 100-200 m2, built nearby house.
- Woman member of household to have access and control over the pond.
- Fish produced in pond will mainly be used for household consumption to improve family nutrition.
- Surplus fish will be sold to supplement household income.
In fall 2011 mr. N. Mauzurier conducted research to the status of this project. Below some of his results can be read, to further illustrate the project. The full field report can be read in the documentation.
It is very encouraging to see the initiative of small scale aquaculture in the mid-hills region of Nepal giving positive results. The creation of cooperatives to develop the marketing side of it is a good sign. But special attention should be given to the results obtained and technical knowledge in the field, otherwise poor results will lead to stop the activity from some of the participants. It might be the time to consolidate the efforts put in this project by investing in experts time and technical trainings.
- N. Mauzurier, 2011