|Tilapia farming in PNG can improve food security and generate income|
(Photo: F. Gako)
Some of the main factors restricting production in PNG include limited capacity of management agencies to select good pond sites, inadequate supply of fingerlings (juvenile fish) for farming, limited availability of inexpensive fish feed, and a general lack of knowledge in aquaculture husbandry. The ACIAR project that Francis is involved in aims to address some of these limitations, to improve fish production for smallholder farmers.
Originally from Goroka in the Eastern Highlands province of PNG, Francis is an avid fisherman: “The only time I don't go fishing is when I’m asleep”, he jokes. He is currently a technical officer with the project Increasing production from inland aquaculture in Papua New Guinea for food and income security, involved in growth performance trials with genetically improved tilapia fish. One of his key roles is to provide hands-on and technical advice to local fish farmers.
|Constructing the pond (Photos: F. Gako)|
In these photos, the farmers are building a fish pond under Francis's guidance. It will be used as a grow-out pond for Tilapia species. These fish are not only tasty, but fast and easy to grow, so make a perfect species for farming in PNG.
|Preparing to release tilapia fingerlings (Photo: F. Gako)|
By Emma Zalcman, ACIAR Graduate Officer
ACIAR project FIS/2008/023 Increasing production from inland aquaculture in Papua New Guinea for food and income security is being led by University of New South Wales, Australia.
Partners in this project include:
National Fisheries Authority, Papua New Guinea
Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Papua New Guinea
Highland Aquaculture Development Centre, Papua New Guinea
Ok Tedi Development Foundation, Papua New Guinea
Community Based Health Care, Papua New Guinea
Maria Kwin Training Centre, Papua New Guinea
University of Technology, Papua New Guinea
Bris Kanda Inc., Papua New Guinea
Project page on Australian Wetlands, Rivers and Landscapes Centre website
ACIAR's medium-term research strategy for PNG