Credit: Gaves Mulaleya (Malawi)
It is estimated that there are about 4,000 small-scale fish farmers in Malawi. A typical farmer has one or two small pond and harvests about 13 kg of fish per annum. Ponds are normally constructed by family members and sometimes with help of hired labour.
The majority of farmers use maize bran as feed and green compost for pond manuring. Partial harvesting is the norm and many farmers do not harvest their ponds on an annual basis. Only 3 % of fish farmers owned a seine net.
Nevertheless, the current outputs from fish farming form an important part of household livelihoods and provide an additional option for increasing the overall value of the farming system.
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