|Soldiers Assess Iraqi Fish Farms to Gauge Progress|
|Tuesday, 29 April 2008|
FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH — U.S. civil affairs soldiers assessed fish farms in the Lutifiyah, Iraq, area April 23 to gauge their progress.
“What we are trying to do is set up fish farms that can supply a mass product,” said Army Pfc. Timothy Perkins, a communications specialist with Company B, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion.
Three types of carp -- common, grass and silver -- are going to be raised in the farms.
“The government of Iraq is actually working toward setting up a fish farmers agriculture committee,” Perkins said. “It is going to be a program used to educate the farmers [on] caring for fish and agricultural requirements that the ponds have.”
Once the committee becomes official, it will consist of farmers, local government officials, tribal leaders and sheikhs from around the area.
“At this point, none of the farms are operational,” Perkins said. “Some of the ponds have only recently begun construction.”
The fish season begins in March and lasts eight months. The ponds must be leveled out at two meters deep with limited brush. To be considered for pumps, ponds must be free of algae and bacteria. Farms meeting the requirements will be provided with pumps to filter the water in their ponds.
|Peace, Prosperity, Poultry in Hawr Rajab|
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Two Iraqi poultry farmers received 3,000 chicks each April 27 in a bid to jump-start their industry in Hawr Rajab, a rural community south of Baghdad.
|Sons of Iraq Help Secure Fuhail Village|
|Town Name to Change to Beautiful Spring|
The roads are nearly complete; workers are in the finishing stages of constructing gutters on the sides of the streets.
In addition to the road refinishings, a waste management project is almost complete. Areas that previously appeared carpeted by trash are now nearly spotless.