A brief overview of Samarth's fish sector as a whole, as at March 2018.
This case study in the fishing sector examines the importance of public and private actors working together and the benefits brought about by a cohensive public-private partnership.
Half-day training on water test kit operation by the supplier to the hatcheries was held on 3rd and 5th June, 2016, at Fisheries Development Centers (FDC) of Bhairahawa and Janakpur respectively. The main aim of the program is to train the hatcheries to operate water test kits and interpret results so that they can provide the same service to farmers.
Even though seed is the single most important input for all fish farmers, very little had been done to retain the gene purity of the brood stock. This has led to in-breeding and cross-breeding of brood stock. Small fish farmers who access low quality seeds face high mortality and poor growth rate of fish.
To catalyse the process, Samarth facilitated a public private partnership to develop a mechanism both for distribution of pure brood stock to private hatcheries and for cost sharing and monitoring.
In the fish sector, lack of access to quality seeds - hatchling, fry and fingerlings - has been one of the major problems for farmers across the country. Every season, smallholder farmers struggle to acquire timely and necessary quantity of seeds. This reduces the harvest period by up to a month which results in fish that are smaller in size at the end of harvest fetching lower price.
Using a market systems development approach, Samarth-NMDP has started working with private companies to improve the productivity of pond aquaculture, through improved fish feed. Samarth-NMDP has been helping to innovate new business models for feed manufacturers, to diversify their product offerings and develop viable distribution/marketing mechanism