Departmental Reports


Title:

EVALUATION OF THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL IN THE INTERIOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI



Author(s):

Scully, R. and J. Moehl



Date: 1982



Funding Agency: USAID



Keywords: burundi, fisheries, africa, aquaculture, international



Category: International Country Report



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Summary/Recommendations/Objectives:

 

We believe there·is considerable potential for development of fisheries

in Burundi1s highlands. Harvest from the Northern Lakes could probably be

increased two to four times with improved fishing techniques, better

marketing, and increased fishing pressure. However it is still unclear

exactly what causes the present state of the fishery and what the appropriate

 

 

development action should be. Thus we are recommending a research and

development project which initially surveys fish populations, fishermen, and

fish traders to ascertain the true biological, social and economic constraints

to development. Secondly, a development program would be implemented while

concurrently fisheries

 

 

. research would be continued to supply data necessaryfor a rational fisheries management program and to evaluate the development

programs effect.

Aquaculture potential in the interior appears promising from. the point of

view of topography, soils, and water availability. Also, incorporation of

fish ponds· .into traditional farming schemes would

 

 

_allow recycling and/ or a

more complete use of available resources through a fully integrated system.

However, considering the marginal quality of many Highland streams in terms of

 

low temperature and low concentrations

 

 

· of dissolved minerals, we ·believe that .

production trials should first be done to assess the impact of these waters

and temperatures on fish growth and reproduction. Only if trial yields are

sufficiently. large when only the minimal nutrient and material

 

 

 inputs readily

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attainable to the farmer are provided, would it seem appropriate-to initiate a

program of aquaculture extension in the

 

 

.rural sector.

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