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Environmental impact on the development of agricultural technology in China: the case of the dike-pond (‘jitang’) system of integrated agriculture-aquaculture in the Zhujiang Delta of China 10.1016...

The development of the environmentally conserving dike-pond system of integrated agriculture and aquaculture in the Zhujiang Delta of south China is traced to illustrate the impact of environmental changes on technological innovations. The technologies of dike building, land reclamation, pond fish culture, and crop cultivation on dikes, which were either independently developed or modified from ideas brought in by migrant farmers from northern China, represented farmers' efforts to adapt to the new characteristics of a changed environment as population pressure increased. The new technologies revealed the farmers' awareness of the need for environmental conservation. However, increased population pressure also necessitated more intensive use of the land, both in the highland and lowland regions, giving rise to inappropriate dike building and premature reclamation activities, which in turn brought about more frequent flooding in the delta region. Careless application of a new technology tended to have harmful effects on the environment. Political conditions in different periods of China's economic development have also caused changes in the dike-pond system which has to maintain high productivity and profitability. Recent advances in dike-pond system technology have focused on crop diversification and animal husbandry to match the three-dimensional characteristics of its ecological components. New agricultural technologies can be successful in China only if they can provide a balance between land use and conservation.


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A remedy for reclamation of salt land that brings it back to agriculture within a year or two; also an effective agriculture-aquaculture rotation concept. Both have been tested and economically proved as feasible in Syria in mid 1990s.

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Environmental impact on the development of agricultural technology in China: the case of the dike-pond (‘jitang’) system of integrated agriculture-aquaculture in the Zhujiang Delta of China 10.1016...

The development of the environmentally conserving dike-pond system of integrated agriculture and aquaculture in the Zhujiang Delta of south China is traced to illustrate the impact of environmental changes on technological innovations. The technologies of dike building, land reclamation, pond fish culture, and crop cultivation on dikes, which were either independently developed or modified from ideas brought in by migrant farmers from northern China, represented farmers' efforts to adapt to the new characteristics of a changed environment as population pressure increased. The new technologies revealed the farmers' awareness of the need for environmental conservation. However, increased population pressure also necessitated more intensive use of the land, both in the highland and lowland regions, giving rise to inappropriate dike building and premature reclamation activities, which in turn brought about more frequent flooding in the delta region. Careless application of a new technology tended to have harmful effects on the environment. Political conditions in different periods of China's economic development have also caused changes in the dike-pond system which has to maintain high productivity and profitability. Recent advances in dike-pond system technology have focused on crop diversification and animal husbandry to match the three-dimensional characteristics of its ecological components. New agricultural technologies can be successful in China only if they can provide a balance between land use and conservation.


Via Dorian Q Fuller
Issam Krouma's insight:

A remedy for reclamation of salt land that brings it back to agriculture within a year or two; also an effective agriculture-aquaculture rotation concept. Both have been tested and economically proved as feasible in Syria in mid 1990s.

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Integrating the Youth into Aquaculture project in Southern Africa

Edith Gondwe, Management Trainee, NEPAD Regional Fish Node speak about the Fish for Youth programme in Southern Africa. The Forum for Agricultural Research i...
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One of the most originative and fruitful activities to integrate youth into is aquaculture.  

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Seawater Forestry Farming

Carl Hodges explains the process and importance of "Seawater Forestry Farming," part of an Integrated Seawater Agriculture System" that included aquaculture ...
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A multidimentional economic and nutritive farming activity. 

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Ecological and social impacts of Integrated Aquaculture-Agriculture technologies in Bangladesh

Ecological and social impacts of Integrated Aquaculture-Agriculture technologies in Bangladesh | Integrated aquaculture | Scoop.it

This study estimated the adoption rate of integrated aquaculture-agriculture (IAA) technologies in Bangladesh and their impact on poverty and fish and food consumption in adopting households.


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IAA and IIA support rural house economy, promote productivity of crop per drop, upgrade dietary regim and extenuate the seasonality of agricultural income.

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