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Fish Farming benefited by adopting scientific techniques

Started fish farming in 2014, Jayanthi Rohu and Amur Carp, advanced species of fish, Indrasakhi Devi earning a profit of Rs 5 lakh


The way new and advanced techniques of farming are being developed, similarly many modern techniques and advanced species of fish have also been developed. Due to this, fish farming has become a profitable business. Small farmers can earn good profit from farming as well as fish farming, just they should have knowledge of scientific techniques and advanced species of fish.

Shifting from traditional to high-value commercial fish farming can multiply their income manifold, as happened with Thingom Indrasakhi Devi, a woman farmer from Manipur. Earlier she used to do traditional fish farming, which was not earning her enough income, but after coming in contact with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, she came to know about genetically improved fish species and now she is earning millions of profits from fish farming.

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Traditional fish farming was not profitable

Thingom Indrasakhi Devi, a resident of Leefrakpam Mayai Leikai village in Thoubal district of Manipur, has a fish pod where she rears fish. This pond is in an area of about one hectare. She is doing fish farming since 2014. In his initial journey of fish farming, he adopted traditional fish farming and reared fish species like Indian Major Carp, Exotic Carp and many other small Carps in traditional way.

But this was not earning them enough income and their income and yield was very low as compared to high value commercial fish species. The reason for this was the lack of knowledge of scientific technology and management. However, Thingom Indrasakhi, a progressive woman farmer, was constantly on the lookout for new techniques and information to increase her income. Under these efforts, she came in contact with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Thoubal and here she got information about genetically advanced fish species. She used to participate in front line demonstrations and training programs organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

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Initiatives of Krishi Vigyan Kendra

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Thoubal took initiative to organize demonstration on improved fish varieties Jayanti Rohu and Amur Carp. It was funded by the National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad, Government of India. 10 beneficiaries were selected for this program and front line demonstrations were carried out in 2018-2020 in farmers’ ponds in Wabagai, Wangjing, Lourembam, Hijam Khunau, Tentha and Leefrakpam villages.

Thingom Indrasakhi Devi was also one of these beneficiaries. She used a one hectare pond for the demonstration programme. She procured the seeds of Amur Carp and Jayanthi Rohu from NFBB Network Hatchery with the financial assistance of National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB). KVK, Thoubal supervised the entire activities of her farming. The growth of fish was monitored every month by examining fish samples at her farm.

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Increased profits

Talking about the production of Jayanti Rohu and Amur carp species, he got 4,050 kg of fish from one hectare. She earned an annual income of around Rs 10,12,500, out of which she got a net profit of Rs 5,62,000 after taking out the cost of production. Seeing the success of Thingom Indrasakhi Devi, other fish farmers of the area were also inspired to produce genetically improved fish species Jayanthi Rohu and Amur Carp.

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