Poor farmers in Palangka Raya (Kalimantan) and its surrounding areas have to juggle half a dozen livelihood activities to make ends meet. YTS has come up with an innovative way of supporting them.
The project aims to establish and strengthen a high-quality hatchery for breeding and raising fish fry and fingerlings that will serve as a training facility for the community to learn these important skills.It will be based in Palangka Raya and will be managed by a self-taught, experienced, local fish-breeding expert – Bapak Muhammad Muhyi, known as ‘Pak Eko’.
A local high quality hatchery and training centre will assist small-scale fish farmers in Bukit Batu subdistrict to enhance their livelihoods and become skilled entrepreneurs who can provide fingerlings to the ever-expanding market in Central Kalimantan province.
Poor farmers in Palangka Raya and its surrounding areas have to juggle half a dozen livelihood activities to make ends meet. At the same time, the demand for fish and fingerlings in the area is high, as most people here eat fish almost every day. However, there is not enough local production capacity to meet demand. This is a big opportunity for local farmers who, by investing their time in the single activity of breeding and raising fish fry, could very quickly create a steady and reliable income base that would transform their lives. However, they need to be thoroughly trained and mentored so they can carry on unassisted.
We discovered an expert local trainer who is dedicated to helping others learn his skills. Pak Eko has started to train and support six YTS community group members in the basics of fish breeding and rearing. However, the number of people trained is still small, and not all participants are able to pick up the knowledge in a short time. More technical assistance is still needed, until the farmers are sufficiently capable to manage their ponds on their own. More people need to be trained, the school facilities need to be rebuilt, training modules need to be improved, and the training center needs help to manage its operational administration.
Fish breeding and raising fingerling is a very demanding activity, as it requires total commitment and lots of patience, effort and time. Finding suitable candidates who are willing to take the risk and make the commitment can be challenging. There is however a potentially large payoff, as there is a high demand for fish from consumers living in the surrounding area within the provincial capital of Palangka Raya.
Supporting Pak Eko and his facility is key to addressing the needs outlined above. He is motivated and willing to share his knowledge and expertise with others. This is a rare quality and will provide a great opportunity to future entrepreneurs who are willing to make the commitment.
To help implement the above-mentioned project plan, YTS wants to provide a lump sum to finance the investment capital required and to cover six months initial operating expenses to enable the enhanced training center to get up and running. The total amount required is US$ 9,977, which consists of the costs of hardware, equipment, materials, supplies, the training program, administration support, and the training module and training materials development (see detailed budget in the downloadable grant request). This grant will cover approximately 2/3 of the total cost of the project. The remaining 1/3 has been raised from other sources.
Long Term Impact
Knowledge is an invaluable asset that stays permanently with local people when properly transmitted. It empowers people to trust their own capacity to help themselves and to improve their quality of life. In order to achieve sustainable development, knowledge is crucial. We believe that supporting a genuine and proven trainer like Pak Eko to assist others to develop successful fish farming enterprises will create a beneficial multiplier effect within Bukit Batu subdistrict (population 15,000). This project will bring prosperity to our community livelihood groups, and become an example to others within the area and beyond.
The fish farmers who successfully complete the training and coaching process will be able to create a year-round stable livelihood for themselves and their families within a relatively short period of time. Most members of these communities have to engage in a variety of activities to make a living. This initiative will provide a stabilizing influence within the communities that are supported by YTS and will encourage others to take advantage of this unique opportunity. We expect to see this impact emerge within the first year, and spread thereafter.
Read more on the YTS page on the SDIA Website
Project leader: Bardolf Paul
Location: Kalimantan, Indonesia