Tilapia farms in Coquitos, Mexico
Our pilot project has aimed at establishing tilapia farms in a small village in southern Mexico. For its first project, the NSF has proposed to sponsor Regal Springs in its efforts to teach 20 to 30 people of Coquitos, Mexico how to farm tilapia with the goal of helping them establish and manage their own cooperative farms.
One year later…
Coquitos, a small village of roughly 25 families located on Lake Malpaso in southern Mexico, borders a forested and protected natural reserve which makes the area unsuitable for traditional farming such as raising cattle, and locals are not permitted to fish in protected areas, forcing men to travel far to find agricultural work.
The project aims to teach the people of Coquitos how to farm tilapia by helping them establish a co-op qualified to receive government funding, and by donating the first round of fingerlings. One tilapia cage will cost approximately $2,500, and will generate about $1,000 in income for one family in a five-month cycle.
We estimate we will need $25,000 to support five households in Coquitos, $50,000 for 20 households, and with $100,000 it said it can provide farms to 36 individuals and “change life in Coquitos”.
The Regal Springs implementation team has provided education, inputs, guidance, agricultural and managerial assistance to the women of Coquitos.