This is one of a series of 10 working papers produced as the first stage of a project to investigate the potential for integration of aquaculture into small-scale, farmer-managed irrigation systems in arid and semi-arid regions of India and Sri Lanka. This part of the project focused on Karnataka State, India, and the papers were produced as a resource for a stakeholder workshop, held in Coimbatore, 19-20 November, 1998.
This paper focuses on the on-farm resources present in the project area and their current major uses in the farming system. Common field crops and livestock (identified during village group meetings) are described first along with their major current uses, followed by an outline of the seasonality of the farming system. Potential resources (labour, crops and residues, and fertilizers) for use in aquaculture are then considered in more detail and a generalized flow of resources within the farming system is described. The potential effect of introducing aquaculture on the resource flow is discussed. Recommendations for further research are made.
On-farm resources for small-scale farmer managed aquaculture in Raichur district, Karnataka, India. Working Paper No. 5, University of Stirling, UK, 16 pp.