Household hatcheries are a major breakthrough in small-scale fish farming. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R7052: Improving freshwater fish seed supply and performance in smallholder aquaculture systems in Asia.

Low-cost household hatcheries for carp and tilapia are helping farmers take up small-scale aquaculture. Previously, the supply of good quality fish fingerlings was a major hurdle. Central hatcheries couldn't cater to far-flung customers. Now, with just a little training, rural households can learn to raise good quality fish fingerlings. As well as stocking their own paddies and ponds, farmers have young fish to eat or sell. In Bangladesh and the hilly regions of northern Vietnam, these decentralised household hatcheries have led thousands of rural poor to start small-scale aquaculture in fields, ditches or ponds. The potential for household hatcheries for other species, both freshwater and marine, and for all regions where there are small water bodies, is enormous.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts on Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (11 pp.) taken from the CD.


AFGP01, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 72.

Published 1 January 2007