Why African Governments Should Promote Rice-Fish System Among Peasant Farmers

Malnutrition is a big issue in Africa especially among children as many poor families depends on starchy food like cereals, roots and tubers which are poor sources of protein, a food nutrient essential for both growth and maintenance of muscle mass.

To make protein available to peasant farmers especially those who cultivate rice or live close to waterlogged areas, fish-rice farming system should be encouraged as this farming technique is an easy and inexpensive way for rice farmers to breed fish for food.

What is a rice-fish system?

A rice-fish system, which is common in Asia, is an integrated rice field/pond complex, where fish are grown concurrently or alternately with rice.  Rice-fish systems allow the production of fish and other aquatic animals, from the same rice field area and generally without causing reductions in rice yields.

This source of animal protein will help boost protein intake for households in Sub-Sahara Africa as fish yield can range widely from of 1.5 to 174 kg/ha/season depending on the type of rice-fish system, the species present, and the management employed.

rice-fish system
rice-fish system

3 thoughts on “Why African Governments Should Promote Rice-Fish System Among Peasant Farmers

  1. Hi
    I live and work in the Ndop, Ngoketunjia Division of the North West Region of Cameroon. I’m a teacher, working in a rural community where rice and fish are cultivated. It hurts me to know that most of the people in my community and the surrounding communities live in abject poverty, and are unable to send their children to school. Three of my colleagues and I are in the process of setting up an NGO whose main objective will be to adopt modern farming practices that can boost the production. We plan on training the communities in this light as a means of sustainably developing and empowering them.
    Thank you for this post. I think you can and will be of help to us in the future.


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