Fish farming: Jordanian farmers' catch of the day


Published: 2018-11-26 13:22

Last Updated: 2024-06-21 15:13

Jordan imports around 40 million JD’s worth of fish annually. (Tox Town - NIH)
Jordan imports around 40 million JD’s worth of fish annually. (Tox Town - NIH)

Al Waleh Agricultural Station, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Agriculture, is expanding its horizons over the next three years, by kicking off the second phase of its fish farming project.

Jordan imports around 40 million JD’s worth of fish annually, according to Head of Al Waleh Station, Mohammed al-Saneed, which is why the Station is looking to provide local farmers with baby fish to encourage them to establish their own fish farms.

Phase two also aims to train farmers on the techniques of operating a fish hatchery.

Fish farming is a very profitable enterprise and is still an unexploited agricultural venture. Therefore, should farmers develop a passion for aquaculture, it will certainly serve as a lucrative business.

Not only will fish farming create dozens of jobs, but it will improve Jordanians’ health by encouraging them to add fish to their diet.

Al Waleh Agricultural Station was established in in the early 1960s to serve the needs of farming and farmers through various projects in the livestock and agriculture sectors.

The farm breeds three types of fish - Red Tilapia, Nile Tilapia and Common Carp - stretching over a 1.9 acre piece of land, with several nursery ponds in place.

However, the Station is now hoping to build three greenhouses for organic farming, which will be watered using water from the ponds.

Al Waleh is moving towards organic farming to raise awareness of its importance amongst farmers in Wadi al Waleh and Wadi al Hidan.


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