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Project to raise fish with paddy begins

Under a four-year development plan, villagers are to raise fish in their paddy fields. The measure, promoted by the Department of Fisheries and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is expected to raise farmers’ incomes, and could reduce the use of pesticides.

The first distribution of fish took place in summer paddy fields in Bago Region on February 9.

JICA and the department started the Small-scale Aquaculture Extension for the Promotion of Livelihood of Rural Communities in Myanmar project (SEAP) in 2009 and will complete it in 2012.

Five townships in Ayeyarwady and Bago regions and Kayin State will raise fish in small ponds. “This is the first time I’ve raised fish in my paddy fields. Earlier this year, JICA told us we could earn an extra K50,000 an acre by farming fish,” said U Htwar Sein, 56, from Kyun Pin Kauk village in Bago Region.

“They’ve given me the fish. I’ve grown 15 acres of summer paddy this year. Let’s wait and see what the harvest brings,” he said.

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