Household economy of rural women to get a boost
Ornamental fish farming is an enterprise which will boost the household economy of rural women and will play a significant role in the Indian export as well as domestic market.
To popularise ornamental farming activity among the women of Sundarbans, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore has initiated promotion of ornamental farming in the Pachapara-Narayantala village involving five Self Help Groups with 50 Scheduled caste (SC) women beneficiaries.
Under the SC Programme 50 beneficiaries were selected on a mission mode approach in a cluster basis for hands on training, demonstration as well as providing initial inputs such as 500 Litre Fiber tank, aerator and other accessories like thermostat, live-bearer fish fingerlings, ornamental fish feed.
Dr B K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI inaugurated the mass awareness cum training cum input distribution to empower rural women of Pachapara-Narayantala village, South 24 Parganas in association with Kultali Milon Tirtha Society and Rotary International.
Das stressed upon various aspects of ornamental fish farming and its avenue to boost the rural economy and household income for a long run without any labour migration, which will provide additional income of Rs. 500-2000/ family/month when adopted
ICAR-CIFRI has also adopted 50 families from this area, who are now scaling up and getting their livelihood from this source.
The innovative approach developed by the ICAR-CIFRI to create an ornamental fish village is a step towards developing rural enterprise among the women to address the SDG- 5 of UN.