I’m Stephano Adrian Karoza, 33 years old, from Tanzania, I’m a graduate of Bachelor degree of science in Aquaculture from Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, currently a finalist Masters student in Aquaculture science at Bogor Agriculture University Indonesia.
The main goal of this project is to contribute to the appropriate income generation and to empower the community in Tanzania on easy access to nutrition, employment, per capital income generation and poverty reduction by use of cheaply available natural resources in their local environments. It is well known that fish contain highly nutritive amount of omega 3 fatty acids which are needed for the health of human especially brain developments and body immunity improvements in children, due to the environmental pollution and climate change the wild catch of fish from natural water bodies are being dimishing which has resulted to low availability of fish and increase in the price of this commodity.
Local poor communities in Tanzania are unable to afford to buy this high nutritive commodity due to its high price; this has resulted to malnutrition and associated disease problems especially in children. The best solution to this is to start fish farming projects among the communities which will assure availability of fish.
I plan to start Tilapia fish farming which I will integrate with local chicken keeping and horticultural farming in the same area of land. This project will contain three units where by each unit will depend on another unit. The first unit will contain chicken house where I will start with 100 local chicken which will be purchased from local market and be fed commercial manufactured chicken feeds purchased from the store. I expect to get 540 eggs per each month from the chicken.
Second unit will contain 2 Tilapia fish ponds with the size of 15m×20m each. I will stock 3 fish per metre square, thus 900 fingerlings per pond, for two ponds they will be 1800fish fingerlings. This will be reared for four months in order to reach a market size of 400-500gm. Over a 4 month period i will expect to harvest 950 kg of fish.
Unit three will contain a garden with different types of vegetables grown on the same area, the concept of integration is to increase production on a small area of land, whereby the whole system which connects all the units will work by depending each other. The water from the fish pond will be used to irrigate the vegetable garden, manure from chicken house will be used to fertilize water in fish ponds in order to stimulate planktons which are protein sources for fish, leftovers from harvesting vegetables will be used to feed both fish and chicken, also the trash fish after harvest of fish will be used to feed chicken and the chicken manure will be used as fertilizer in vegetable garden.
This project is realistic and sustainable because it uses a small area of land to produce more than one product which is highly nutritive for the human health. It has social economic impact because it will rise per capital income by selling of eggs from chicken, chicken, fish and vegetables. The project will create employment to my community by employing people to work on fish ponds, vegetable garden and chicken handling, it will assure food security and poverty reduction to my community, it will also be a demonstration project to my community, many people will come to learn on how fish farming is done then they can establish their own farms.
I motivated to do this project because I’m expert in fish farming and I think I can use my profession to help poor people in local communities who are suffering due to the lack of important nutrients from fish especially Omega 3 fatty acids. I believe this project will solve those challenges facing poor communities in Tanzania especially food insecurity, poverty and unemployment among youths and women. I have vast experience on organizing farmers, training, research and other knowledge exchange so I’m confident that I will manage to do this project effectively.
The measurable success factors for my project will be the increase number of eggs, chicken, fish and vegetables, I will measure by comparing the input and output and the profit obtained by from selling of chicken, eggs, fish and vegetables. Also I expect many people from my community to be motivated by this project and start to do their own project.
I’m planning to use US$5000 grant as follows:
Construction of 2 fish ponds and chicken house US$1600
Purchase of Tilapia fingerlings and local chicken US$ 950
Purchase of fish feeds and chicken feeds US$ 1750
Preparation of vegetable garden and purchase of vegetable seeds US$525
Transport of fish fingerlings US$175
Blogpost and picture submitted by Stephano Adrian Karoza (Tanzania) – stk25lee[at]yahoo.com
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