After the successful launch of the project, under the second phase (April 2010 -
Present), a scale- up program was started. The Project Team had feasibility study of
new sites in Lamjung, the same district, and also in neighbouring districts; namely,
Chakratirtha and Bhorletar VDCs of Lamjung, Putlikhet/Gaikhur in Gorkha, Dedgaon, a
mountaineous valley in Nawalparasi.
This report is the summary of activities and outcomes of the AwF-Nepal Project Phase II
accomplished during the first year of the project period (April 2010 – March 2011). A
total of 49 families were supported by forming three women’s groups of 20, 15 and 14
respectively in two districts; namely, Gorkha (Putlikhet) and Lamjung (Chakratirtha and
Dhamilikuwa). This phase of the project is expansion of the AwF-Nepal Phase I project
which was launched in Rainas Tar, Lamjung. During the first of this phase, 49 ponds have
been newly constructed and a total of 1,275 kg fish (valued at about US$3,600) was
produced from the total pond area of 2.58 ha).
This project shows that small family ponds, of average size of less than 100 m2 can
produce over 40 kg fish (e.g. Gorkha) in a production cycle of about 8 months. Total
production from Gorkha was more than double compared to Chakratirtha and more than
three folds as compared to Dhamilikuwa. Families have consumed fish quite high
proportion of their produce, e.g. in Chakratirtha, it was nearly 90% where as in other
locations; consumption was at least 60%. Mean fish consumption per family ranged from
5.6 kg in Dhamilikuwa up to 25.8 kg in Gorkha. It clearly showed that significant increase
in production and consumption is possible by launching small-scale aquaculture. Within a
year increase in fish consumption around 10 kg per capita after sale (assuming 4
members in the family) whereas national average is less than 2kg (over 500% times).
As one of the objectives of the project is to supply animal protein to the family, it
shows a good potential to fight against malnutrition. However, it depends on the
management. Production can be a small fraction of that level if the ponds are not
managed properly. For example, Dhamilikuwa had only 8.2 kg per family.
Another important aspect is income generated from the sales of surplus fish. By selling
fish, the families in Gorkha earned in an average of about 2,600 NRs(=US$) /family which
more than adequate for their two children to support for their education. In addition to
producing animal protein to the family, small-scale aquaculture has a potential to
supplement family income. In conclusion, the project has been successful in fulfilling the
objectives; therefore it should be expanded to nearby districts and if possible
throughout the country as a national campaig
(2010 - 2012)
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Donated money will help us support more families. Donation of US$100 will cover the costs of digging a
fish pond and child education for a family.