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Improving technologies for inland aquaculture in Papua New Guinea

This project aims to increase production of tilapia and carp using low-cost and farmer-friendly technologies to improve food and income security for smallholders in Papua New Guinea.
Pond-based production of Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) and European Carp is rapidly expanding in rural Papua New Guinea. There are now approximately 50,000 farms. Production levels are low compared to Southeast Asian farms because of an inadequate supply of quality fingerlings, poor broodstock management practices, and the cost and availability of formulated fish feed and fertilisers. Few people know about fish husbandry and pond management.
More than 80% of the population of Papua New Guinea is rural; many people periodically lack protein in their diet because fresh meat and other animal-based proteins are expensive. The research aims to resolve constraints on the growth and sustainability of the industry to improve food and income security and increase the social benefits from aquaculture in rural areas. An earlier project (FIS/2008/023) demonstrated that inland aquaculture generates social benefits and enables communities and individuals to adopt fish farming as a livelihood.
Research work will be focussed in the Eastern Highlands. The project will target technical and husbandry improvements, and identify and document the social benefits of increased fish production and numbers of farmers involved in aquaculture.