Fish farming and its ripple effects

Fish farming and its ripple effects

Fish farming is often taken to be an allied agriculture sector, but people tend to forget that fish farming is one subject, that is not just related to agri sector, but also has many other aspect attached to it, that must be considered as a serious contributor towards an economic growth of the geographical region, wherever it is done. Fish farming provides a large and consistent supply of fish compared to natural fisheries by growing fish more quickly than natural fisheries. Furthermore, natural fisheries have restrictions on the quantity of fish that can be caught. Fish farming plays an important role in the effort to stamp out malnutrition by providing an adequate supply of protein rich in omega-3 oils and other essential nutrients required by the human body, provided the farming is done without the use of chemicals like Superphosphate, Triple superphosphate, Ammonium nitrate, Ammonium sulphate, Ammonium phosphate, Di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), Calcium nitrate, Sodium nitrate, Urea, Kainite (MgS04+KCI), Potassium nitrate, Potassium sulphate and Muriate of potash etc., that we facilitate through our Ecological Technology based on holistic Vedic Science.

Employment – Fishery

While agriculture was considered to be a full time occupation, but even in early days after a pulse crop, the farm was required to be kept empty for nitrogen rejuvenation. Even during draughts and floods, agricultural cultivation can’t be done. On the other hand, even if the farm is filled with water during or after floods,

 fish farming could be done. When farming is done for any water intensive crop, like rice, aquaponics comes into picture, where fish & rice farming is done together due to a symbiotic relationship between the fish & the plant. Thus fishery can be a wholesome employment engagement throughout the year. Moreover, in fishery business, many ancillary employment opportunities also get generated. For example cultivation needs some people, catching of the fish is also an employment, transport of the catch is yet another employment, selling fishes is also a business, and good part is that all these are possible to be done on small scale, instead of need for a large corporates. The entrepreneurial opportunities are immense.

Employment – Boat rides & Ornithological Tourist Guide

A water body, that can be developed for fish farming gets a natural ecosystem evolved, wherein a complete aquatic flora & fauna prosper naturally, provided chemical farming is not being done. Because inorganic chemical fertilizers are too harmful to allow the ecosystem to flourish. Thus, an organic aqua farming has its own benefits that we help achieve through our solution.

 

But that was the aqua-ecosystem within the water. The fish farming also effects the landscape above water, which creates an opportunity like boating. The good part is, the natural ecosystem doesn’t need advertising. If the water bodies have well enough a population of fishes, the news gets to the bird community automatically. And the flocks of birds keep visiting the water bodies converting the whole landscape into a tourist spot, and then there are good enough opportunities for boat ferries.

Locals of the region, often have wonderful knowledge of the bird species. This is a natural skill with a vertical enhancement of the knowledge generation by generation. And this knowledge itself can give them the employment.

Food security – Cheaper balanced diet

Fish is a good source of protein. Fish is the biggest source of Omega-3 fatty acids which is extremely beneficial to human heart; Omega-3 helps to keep our heart and brain very healthy.

 

Since bodies don’t produce Omega-3 fatty acids, the only source through which we can get it is by what we eat, ​that is where fish comes to the rescue. Fish is a low-fat high quality protein that is filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2 (riboflavin). Fish is also very rich in calcium and phosphorus and is equally a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. Rice anyways is quite cheap and often available at subsidized rates as well. Just fish curry & rice is a completely balanced diet. Again the condition is – zero fertilizer fish farming that is attained through our solution.

                                                                     Food security – Cleaner food chain

In the natural aqua environment, no external synthetic food or fertilizer is required. Ad it goes on and on for years together. For fish to develop, breed, survive and flourish, just a natural aqua environment is sufficient, for as long as there is no human intervention like pH imbalance, addition of chemicals due to run off water from agri-land, or acid rain due to polluted atmosphere, high ammonia, lower DO (dissolved Oxygen) rate or higher BoD / CoD due to water pollution and so on.Thus, here again our solution comes to rescue, as we create a natural aqua environment for dwelling, breeding, flourishing of fishes, removal of pollutants, chemicals, run off water fertilizers, balancing the pH, increasing the DO levels and reduction of BoD/ CoD level – all through our ecologically proven holistic approach by rejuvenating Water, Soil & Air.

Irrigation – Cleaner water supply

The water in the waterbodies, when treated ecologically in complete harmony with Nature, creates a balanced pH, increased DO level, low BoD / CoD, eradication of ammonical nitrogen in form of ammonia, nitrate & nitrite, and such other natural spring Water standards are achieved that contributes to the right environment for fishes. The natural ecosystem generates a water that is fertile enough for a healthier plants and animals, thus it is not just good for aquaculture, but also ensures vegetation all though the course of the water body.

Environment – Better underground water table

A wetland / inland waterbody does ensure a good absorption of water by the soil, and therefore a good underground water level is also maintained. Wherever you have good number of water bodies the underground water level rises by default. This also safeguards against the horrors of draught like conditions in the surrounding region.

Environment – sanitation from mosquitos

If the population of fishes is good enough in the waterbodies and the natural ecosystem is restored, many processes happen automatically – like end of mosquitos dwelling, since fishes eat away all the larvae, end of the bad odor since bad odor from water body is due to H2S generated by anaerobic bacteria that gets killed by aerobic bacteria when the DO level is high, end of BGA (Blue green Algae), end of water hyacinth that causes dead water and so on. Thus a healthy organic fish farm in the vicinity, ensure environment safety and sanitation.

Social – Women Empowerment

A recent study done by World Bank had many revelation on the small scale capture fisheries. A global overview of the sector, with an emphasis on developing countries, done in year 2008 presented many newer perspectives for the merging sector, a few of which relevant to us are as under; “Securing Sustainable Small‐scale Fisheries: Bringing together responsible fisheries and social development” in Bangkok, Thailand, on 13‐17 October 2008 – A preliminary report of the Big Numbers Project* by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) And World Fish Center *{The Big Numbers Project – a collaborative effort by FAO, WorldFish Center and World Bank – addresses the lack of accurate and accessible disaggregated information on small and large‐scale fisheries, in inland and marine waters, currently experienced in the international fisheries arena.} Aspect-1, It’s creating Livelihood Fisheries contribute greatly to the well‐being of many millions of people on our planet. Fish is a highly nutritious food and the sector generates employment and economic values that are important to individuals, communities and national economies. The experience and development of the sector over the last few decades have however taught us that the world’s fishery resources are not infinite and, if we are not careful, will not be able to continue supporting lives and livelihoods in the same way in the future. Aspect -2, It’s women empowerment In the small scale fisheries sector, across all the developing countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria & Senegal and even geographically big and economically emerging BRIC countries including Brazil, India & China, the number of women involved in the fishery and related business is quite high.

Table : Share of women in total fisheries workforce (fulltime and part-time; fishing and postharvest activities) in selected BNP case study countries

Country/case study

Total workforce

 Percentage women

Bangladesh

3250000

5%

Brazil

430000

13%

Cambodia

1640000

57%

China

12080000

22%

Ghana

370000

40%

India

10000000

72%

Mozambique

260000

4%

Nigeria

6500000

73%

Senegal

130000

9%

Total / average

34660000

46%

Source: BNP case studies.

As the table above depicts, an average of 46% of women are directly or indirectly benefited from the fish trade. Thus it also help in women empowerment and establish a social equality.

Summary

This is why, you would observe that the 1st Avatar of Vishnu, as per Hindu culture was “मत्स्य” or the fish. The life on earth began from water and the ancient science is still relevant.

 

 

 

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