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Rural aquaculture.

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Chapter 16 (Page no: 227)

Small-scale fish culture in Northwest Bangladesh: a participatory appraisal focusing on the role of tilapia.

Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) is important for small-scale aquaculture in northwest Bangladesh. Most farmers maintain tilapia in their ponds in addition to carp, which they stock regularly. Carp are sold to the market for cash income but tilapia are mostly used for household consumption. Their small size and ability to reproduce in the pond are both viewed positively by farmers. Few tilapia are found in markets which has led to the misconception that they are unimportant. A participatory study of four areas of the northwest region of Bangladesh under two broad categories of aquaculture environment (more and less favourable) showed that of a total of 68 pond owners, 59 of them used their ponds for fish culture and 9 of them for wild fish production. Of the 59 farmers, 33 farmers had tilapia in their ponds, cultured mainly in polyculture with Indian major carp and Chinese carp. When the commonly cultured fish (7-8 species) were compared by matrix ranking with respect to yield, price, demand in the market, household consumption and seed availability, tilapia ranked second only to silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix). Matrix ranking of activities by gender and age indicated that there were differences in both participation and access to decision-making for fish culture activities within the household. Men dominated decision-making and participation in all types of aquaculture activity, whereas women's involvement in aquaculture was very low.

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Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Northwest Fisheries Extension Project, Parbatipur, Dinajpur, Bangladesh.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 9780851995656
  • Record Number
  • 20023006302