Over 700 hundred farmers in Morobe Province have turned to fish farming.
Through membership of the Morobe Fishery Cooperative, these farmers are now engaged in aquaponics – whereby raising fish, and growing vegetables at the same time.
The Morobe Fishery Cooperative demonstrated its techniques at the recent Pacific Seafood Technology Expo. Given this form of fish cultivation is not labour intensive; the number of people taking up aquaponics is increasing.
For Morobe Fishery Cooperative, this is exciting as farmers from all across the Province are showing interest.
This cooperative has also been fortunate to receive support from the Morobe Provincial Government – K500,000 in 2016 – much of this going towards training.
At present, these farmers are utilising new technology to cultivate super tilapia – but plans are underway to broaden the fish species in the near future.