MYSAP, in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, is helping to support all actors along the aquaculture value chain in the Inle Lake region. The fish farmers in Pauk Par village have attended seven training modules and received fingerlings from DoF and private hatcheries in Nyaung Shwe. Most of the farmers are breeding either grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) or common carp (Cyprinus carpio).
U Win Nyunt, a beneficiary of MYSAP, lives in Pauk Par village. Due to his previous lack of fish farming knowledge, his fish were small and fed only on rice bran, peanut cake and grass. The mortality rate of fingerlings was about 30%, and his fish were not marketable products. Then he participated in the project’s fishery training, and was supported with 1000 grass carp fingerlings and 500 common carp fingerlings. He now raises the fish in cages under or beside his house, as he learned to during the training. “Results have been good since I applied what I learned during the training. Now the mortality rate is getting lower, having decreased to 5 %. I think this is probably due to the newly introduced acclimatization step before releasing the fingerlings into the cages/hapas”, said U Win Nyunt.
Yields are getting higher and the farmers are earning more than before. Local people purchase the harvested fish for around 4000 MMK per viss, and each farmer’s average income is around 240000 MMK (142 EUR) per month. Though he has other work, he likes to spend more time on fish farming because it provides more income for less effort than his other work. “I plan to extend my fish farming business by placing additional hapas under the houses of other family members”, said U Win Nyint.
The Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) is funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).