Integrated rice-fish culture in Nepal

Credit: Deepak Bhusal (Nepal)

Rice-fish culture contributes significantly to fish production in Nepal and provides fish especially to rural communitities. In Nepal Indigenous fish species such as snake head, Puntius sp, Heteropneustes fossilis are found in significant quantities in flooded rice fields. There is a governmental program managed by Fisheries Development Directorate which supports rice-fish integrated system that provides technical as well as financial support i.e. Fish fingerlings, some fund for construction of trench. The photo shows a Nepalese boy while trying to capture fish from a rice field.

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