Community Outreach Programme for VAC Livestock Farm and Cert 1 Livestock and Aquaculture Trainees

Vanuatu Agriculture College Livestock Farm and Livestock and Aquaculture Students help
put up a Poultry Layer-Vegetable-Root Crop-Aquaculture Farm at Bumbua High School, on
the outskirt of Luganville, Santo.

The project is a Community Outreach Programme initiated by the VAC Livestock Farm and
involves Certificate 1 Students of Livestock and Aquaculture. The Programme provides
Bumbua High School with technical advice and labour. It also provides participating students
with the technical skills and knowledge they would need to farm Poultry and freshwater fish
at smallholder scale.

Students participating in this programme were introduced to an alternative system of
farming, which is called ‘integrated farming system’. The system we have designed and are
putting up at Bumbua High School combine Poultry Layer with Vegetables, Root Crops and
Aquaculture.

The system is based on recycling of waste energy. In its simplest form, energy from the Crop
Components (Vegetable and Root Crops) will be used to help run the Poultry and
Aquaculture Components. Waste energy from poultry waste and nutrient enriched waste
water (fish pond) will help run the Crop Components.
Energy will not be wasted. Energy from one component will be used by the next
component.

This system of farming is ideal for farmers with limited or have small area of land available
for farming. It is quite an efficient system if it is properly designed. It addresses a number of
production and environmental problems. By recycling the energy produced by each of the
components, the system will help reduce the amount of pollution the farm generates. It
does this by converting waste into useable products. In this case, waste energy is converted
into chicken, vegetable, root crop and fish energy instead of being damped into the
environment.

Integrated farming suits Bumbua High School. Unlike many of the middle and high schools in
and around the outskirt of Luganville, Bumbua is small and is only beginning to find its
footing. It is the aim of the Principal of the High School that produces from the small scale
farm supplement the students’ diet. Surplus would be sold to the community and provide
an alternative source of income for the school.