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Notes to broadcasters: Fish farming

Fish farming, also called aquaculture, aims to raise edible fish in easily manageable areas – from small ponds to cages in the sea. Wikipedia has a good overview of the aquaculture industry at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish_farming

Farm Radio Weekly has covered this subject several times before. From issue #234 comes a story about a Masaai farmer who took up fish farming after settling on land on a river bank: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/02/04/kenya-masaai-herder-turns-from-cattle-to-fish-by-sawa-pius-for-farm-radio-weekly-in-kenya/

A story in issue #34 describes attempts to rebuild the fish farming sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/08/25/3-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-a-country-that-loves-fish-rebuilds-its-fish-industry-toronto-star-world-bank/ The accompanying Notes to broadcasters can be found here: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/08/25/notes-to-broadcasters-on-rebuilding-fish-industry/

Aquaculture is a vital economic activity for youth in Séby Ponty, Senegal. You can read how their activities benefit the community, and how fish, vegetable and animal farmers compete for vital water supplies here: http://www.barzaradio.com/fr/content/senegal-youth-find-opportunities-fish-farming-ips

Fish farming has its opponents. The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has its own views on the processes involved in the aquaculture business. Their website is available at this link: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/aquafarming.aspx

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization produced a handbook with instructions on how to set up a fish farm. It was written specifically for Zambian conditions, but the broad principles are universally applicable. It can be found here: http://www.fao.org/docrep/field/003/AC079E/AC079E00.htm

Issues related to creating dams are controversial, especially when projects are commissioned without consulting people who will lose their homes and land to the rising waters. Are any of your listening communities affected by these issues?

Fish is an excellent source of protein. But is it commonly eaten in your community? Talk with people who raise fish and ask them about their markets. Find out if there is competition amongst different kinds of farmers for water sources, and air a discussion program on which farmers and consumers can debate these issues.

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