Keen Interest In Aquaculture Fish Farming
Morobe inland fish farmers are keen to generate income from aquaculture fishery. Morobe Fisheries Management Authority (MFMA) aquaculture officer Esther Karahure said.
Ms Karahure said Morobe has more than 20,000 inland fish farmers but they only have 8655 farmers with 5965 fish ponds. “There is a big interest shown by farmers to engage in aquaculture and we are doing our best to help them.
“We are faced with challenges of funding to reach out to farmers and conduct trainings for them, fish feed and unavailability of breeding facilities like hatchery and incubator,” she said.
Ms Karahure said Morobe is recognised as the second province in the country in terms of aquaculture fishing and first in Momase region because of the effort put by MFMA officers to reach the farmers using whatever little resources and funding they had.
She said so far they have conducted 15 trainings for farmers but more research was needed on how best farmers could improve fish breeding using locally available ingredients and materials.
“We are struggling with our farmers to grow fish to the market standard using available facilities at Erap and Potsi. “Integration method is not really implemented by farmers and we are looking at ways to address this,” Ms Kalahure said.
She said MFMA plans to establishe a hatchery in Lae with distribution centre in each districts so this can reduce mortality rate for fingerlings and farmers can get them on time and breed them.
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