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Rice Field Fish Farming Integrated with Rodent Pest Management in Cambodia

By E. G. Smith, L. Leung, C. Phaloeun and U. Sopheap

Abstract

The effect of integrating rice field fish culture with rodent pest management was examined. The use of rodent pest management was effective for controlling rodent pests as well as containing fish within the rice field while potentially providing a free source of dietary protein (captured rats) to feed fish. The growth of fed (captured rats or dried fish) walking catfish hybrids (Clarias batrachus x Clarias macrocephalus) in the rice field over 3 months was significantly higher (51.5g, 7.8cm) than a treatment of unfed walking catfish hybrids (26.4g, 4.5cm) in the same rice fields. Fish culture was shown to contribute to a farmer\u27s income (68,800 Riel) and provided a source of protein for the family\u27s consumption. Both the fed and unfed products were found to be palatable and accepted by a test group with 24% of the test group selecting fed fish and 21% selecting unfed fish as their first choice from 5 fish products. This pilot study and a preliminary survey in Kampong Cham province indicate that this technology will be useful for farmers to improve rodent management practices while supplementing income through fish sale and providing a high protein diet for their families

Topics: Clarias batrachus, Clarias macrocephalus, rodent management, pest management, integrated rice field fish culture, carnivorous, hybrid, 300703 Aquaculture, 300901 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness, 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Publisher: CARDI
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:espace.library.uq.edu.au:UQ:10266

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