Kenya farm­ers har­vest new crop

Fish Farmer - - World News -

IN a move to ad­dress cli­mate change, drought and food se­cu­rity chal­lenges, farm­ers in ru­ral ar­eas of Kisumu, Kenya, are adapt­ing by har­vest­ing fish.

As part of a project or­gan­ised by the in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment group World Neigh­bors, farm­ers dig large, plas­tic lined ponds to re­tain pre­cious rainwater.

Into the ponds they put ti­lapia and other fish. Some of the ponds hold up to 1,000 fish.

Pond wa­ter is re­plen­ished from tanks that store ad­di­tional cap­tured rainwater. To keep it clean, wa­ter is pe­ri­od­i­cally pumped from a pond, with so­lar pow­ered pumps.

The pumped wa­ter, which con­tains nu­tri­ents from fish waste, is then used in drip ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems to wa­ter mul­ti­ple crops, in­clud­ing kale.

And the ined­i­ble parts of the veg­eta­bles, as well as some kitchen waste, are in turn used as fish feed.

It is a low cost, sus­tain­able and scal­able sys­tem that pro­vides more than enough veg­eta­bles and fish for a farm fam­ily, said World Neigh­bors.

Sur­plus is sold in lo­cal mar­kets, and prof­its are used in a col­lec­tive sav­ings and credit pro­gramme that pro­vides work­ing cap­i­tal for ad­di­tional fish ponds, pumps, rainwater stor­age tanks, and so on. World Neigh­bors pro­vides the train­ing and sup­port for the project, which it says could be ap­plied in other com­mu­ni­ties with lim­ited wa­ter and sources of af­ford­able pro­tein.

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