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Kolgpeng Fish Farm, Papua New Guinea

Titus Kuman and Youths For Sustainability (YFS) sucessfully coordinated a group of 35 unemployed youths to form the entity, Kum Youth Focus, and construct and maintain a fish farm in their community of Kolgpeng, Papua New Guinea. In a region of high unemployment, YFS aims to support and facilitate rural youths in obtaining opportunities to gain a long-term sustainable income and to become responsible citizens for their community.

 The activities of this project included:

  • Obtaining technical assistance from the National Fisheries Authority and the Foundation for Rural Development;
  • Designing, building and monitoring the fish ponds in accordance with the government standards;
  • Organizing community meetings to promote awareness of the initiative and to attract more buyers, in addition to those already identified in the business plan;
  • Designing and erecting a billboard with project information to be placed at the entrance to the fish ponds;
  • Purchasing 2000 fish fingerlings to be raised in the ponds and selling them in the community in accordance with the business plan.

Kolgpeng is located 9km south of Mt Hagen (nearest town) and approximately 505 km north-west of Port Moresby. There are currently two different species of fish in the pond. Talapia Nile is a new breed introduced by the National Fisheries Authority and the Common Carp is a local variety, but lives in warmer waters.

After every harvest, a few adults will be placed in the smaller pond
to produce fingerlings. As a consequence, the project is set to be self-sustaining from this continuous cycle of breeding the fingerlings into adults.

The coordinating organization, Youths For Sustainability, is willing to monitor the progress of the farm and provide the necessary assistance to the local youth and the community in future activities. The current status of the project indicates that there is potential for expanding the fish farm as the youths are contributing well and the fish are growing accordingly. The first sales of the adult fish will take place in a couple of month’s time whereupon the success of the project can be better evaluated.

Final Report [PDF 989 Kb]

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The project took place in Kolgpeng, located 9km south of Mt Hagen and approximately 505 km north-west of Port Moresby (Source: CIA World Factbook)


Project participants erect a billboard
at the front of the farm

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This page last updated: 30 November 2007