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Fisheries

After the high-grade fertilizer is produced through the process of biomass by the bio-digester, farmers gain access to one of the most important commodities of all rural livelihood. This fertilizing slurry can be used to boost their garden’s yield without any health risks for villagers. It can even be used for fish farms.

A household fish farm brings both nutrition and income to families. Fresh water fish is highly sought-after produce on local markets and is at the center of the Cambodian diet.

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Our fish farm initiative starts families off with the equipment and the skills needed to farm fishes in a closed water system. Our agricultural specialists train villagers in groups, and then follow up with each individual family on a weekly basis.

Within three months, some families have managed to make up to $100.00 in gross sales, bringing a much-needed income to the household. This in an area where annual income rarely exceeds $500.00.

Out of taste preference, villagers will often focus their fish farming activity on catfish. We supply the initial stock of feed, and train villagers to process their own organic fish feed using their farm’s byproducts.

We are excited to be introducing the fisheries program. Fish provides a sustainable source of protein for the villagers as well as an additional source of income for families. Furthermore, the program is environmentally friendly. Community First trains villagers to generate their own organic fish feed, which lowers costs and contributes to the program’s lower carbon footprint.

Household fishponds were started as a pilot program in the spring of 2011. These fishponds are 2 by 4 meters and 90 centimeters deep.  Each pond is expected to yield 50 kilograms of fish and have a market value of $150 at harvest. This additional income is significant, as the average annual income in the village of Smach is about $460.