Native Amazon Fish Farms Increase Nutrition, Employment, and Sustainable Income
|Over 400 aquaculture producers and nearly 20 indigenous technicians have received training
For over a year, NCI has been promoting the construction of small scale native fish farms to improve the health of community members while reducing pressures on the surrounding forests in the buffer area of the Cordillera Colan Reserved Zone located in the Amazonas region of northeastern Peru. Once heavily reliant on extractive activities with destructive long-term impacts, these rural populations are taking advantage of already degraded areas to construct native fish farms, which provide an excellent protein source for the families that live here. Over the past year, the project has been exceptionally successful with over 400 aquaculture producers and nearly 20 indigenous technicians receiving training. Over 100 production centers plus a breeding center have been constructed, and over 136,000 baby fish from the breeding center have been given to 435 beneficiaries in 20 native communities. Increases in nutrition, employment and sustainable income have been seen in many areas of this poor region of Peru as a result of the program. The native fish ponds have a very low environmental impact, and local governments and NGO’s are now including aquaculture in their plans and projects. Goals for this year include the construction of an additional 100 production centers, the training of 200 additional beneficiaries, and the construction of another breeding center. Total output is expected to be over 165 tons in 2010.
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