P ond owners have been banned by the Fishery Section
from building latrines over their fish farms. The move follows the discovery
that some farmers have been partly raising their fish on human excrement in
order to cut costs. The ban is, yet, only regionally effective.
given the new official instructions, a few have changed their fish feeding
routine, but many are still sitting pretty on the altar-like wooden boxes
showing their sacred things to the ignorant water animals beneath.
Investors start up farms by buying young fish from the great lake Tonle
Sap in March or April, according to Bith Nou, a fish farmer in Chrang Chamres
village, Russeikeo district, north of the capital.
Besides the morning
and afternoon meals - mainly food of cooked rice dust or fish heads - the water
in the pond has to be changed every three months, says Nou.
the fishing season has ended and fish get scarcer at the market. Middle men come
directly to the fish farms.
Apart from the fact that some fish commit
suicide by eating too much food, there are no other serious phenomena which can
disturb their livelihoods, said Nou.