Rice Paddies and Fish Farming, Perfect Together!

From: Naimul Haq, SciDevNetMore from this Affiliate
Published February 27, 2013 05:59 AM

By combining aquaculture with wet paddy farming in its coastal areas Bangladesh can meet food security and climate change issues, says a new report.

The approach promises more nutritious food, without causing environmental damage, and has the potential for a ‘blue-green revolution’ on Bangladesh’s existing crop areas extending to about 10.14 million hectares and an additional 2.83 million hectares that remain waterlogged for about 4—6 months.

“The carrying capacities of these additional lands and waters, when fully utilised, can increase food production and economic growth,” says Nesar Ahmed, author of the report published online last month (28 January) in Ocean & Coastal Management.

Ahmed, a researcher in fisheries management at the Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, told SciDev.Net that there was a “vital link between prawn and shrimp farming in coastal Bangladesh and a ‘green economy’ that addresses the current environmental and economic crisis.”

“Aquaculture enhances soil fertility from fish waste discharge and contributes to pest control as several fish varieties feed on insects that harm crops,” Hoq said.

Rice fish farming in China image credit Greenpeace.

Read more at ENN Affiliate, SciDevNet.

– See more at: http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/45657#sthash.4hpunpiO.dpuf

_________________________

Comment: Ai-gamo (ducks) are good rice paddy friends to weed and feed. Many kinds of fish, birds, insects, etc. can thrive there and water channels, if without herbicides and pestcides.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close