Income & Food Boosts From Fish-Farming in Jordan

 
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Income & Food Boosts From Fish-Farming in Jordan

Income & Food Boosts From Fish-Farming in Jordan
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Just One Fish Farming Success Story

Just One Fish Farming Success Story
61-year-old Abou Baker has a family of 14 to support on his small farm in an area burdened by water shortage, high production prices, and poor marketing. With NEF support, he's learned fish famring. "This pond is easy to manage. It does not require much work and generates $400-500 on average each season, as well as providing fish for my family and my neighbors all year round," he says. Last November, a traditional down-season, the family earned $700 fish farming, an increase of about 15-20%. (view small | med | large | orig)

May Look Simple But....

May Look Simple But....
Proper fish farming requires 3 basics; the Jordan Valley meets them all. Temperatures permit growing summer crops into spring and fall. It's the only place on earth where crops can grow in winter without greenhousing. Water level cannot go below one meter, otherwise fish ponds get too warm and fish die. Also okay since government-maintained reservoirs provide irigation water to farmers twice weekly. Most important are well-managed fish farms, which NEF training assures. (view small | med | large | orig)

Enormous Potential for Jordan Valley

Enormous Potential for Jordan Valley
For potentially thousands of farmers of the Jordan Valley, fish farming could be very serious business: increasing incomes, enhancing nutrition and their country's food security, and importantly, contributing to wise water management in an area that is one of the 10 poorest in the world when it comes to this precious resource. NEF made these conclusions after collecting data for the only study ever done on fish farming in Jordan. (view small | med | large | orig)

Nationally Expert in Fish Farming

Nationally Expert in Fish Farming
Hajem Haleseh (c in sunglasses), NEF Jordan Country Director, is the national authority on fish farming in Jordan, and obtained his M.S. in fish farming engineering from Romania. NEF has been providing fish farming counseling and training for farmers in the Jordan Valley since 1989. With funding, thousands more could become involved, even nationally; fish species diversified; & marketing extended beyond the capital to other large Jordanian cities. (view small | med | large | orig)

Win-Win Situation on All Fronts

Win-Win Situation on All Fronts
Successful fish farming requires knowing how to calculate fish weight and measure growth to determine how much to feed, maintaining proper water temperature, among other technial issues. NEF provides the fingerlings, feed, & information that improves the lives & livelihoods of poor farmer families. Plus nutrient-rich fish pond water irrigates/fertilizes crops, increases food production, supplements income, & enhances water productivity. (view small | med | large | orig)

10-15% Income Boost + Nutrition

10-15% Income Boost + Nutrition
In this very poor area, farmers increased their annual incomes by a significant-for-them 10-15%. Their fish ponds yielded 500 kl of fish, others with double ponds, even 700-800-kl. That's about 23 tons of fish from just 56 ponds, both food for families and neighbors as well as income. This particular area alone has as many as 600 ponds--and that much more potential fish production. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Thanks to 4 donors like you, a total of $310 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Roger Hardister

Regional Director, Near East Foundation
Garden City, Cairo, Egypt Egypt

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