Hope Springs International has worked with a small farm in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri since our beginning back in 2007. In 2008 a deep well was drilled on the farm and two 750 gallon elevated storage tanks were installed to provide a constant water source for the farm. Prior to this water had to be hauled by truck to the farm and was stored in a cement block storage container which has now been turned into a tank to raise catfish.
Periodically 50% of the water is drained from the tank and used to water the drip irrigation crops at the farm. The water contains fish waste and is a great natural fertilizer for the crops being grown. When the catfish grow to about 2lbs in size they are harvested for sale and the proceeds from the sale start the whole process all over again.
Our Orphan’s compound and farm in Dono-Manga, Chad will have a catfish tank when that project is completed.