Elevating rural women livelihoods of Sunderbans through ornamental fish culture: an initiatives of ICAR-CIFRI
Kalna, West Bengal 20th August, 2023
Ornamental fish farming, which was emphasised by the Honourable Prime Minister of India and is also being prioritized by PMSSY, is an enterprise to strengthen the household economy of rural women. Ornamental fish trade play a significant role in the Indian export as well as in the domestic market. ICAR-CIFRI has already started ornamental farming in different parts of India including West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Odisha in order to augment the livelihood of the rural women under SCSP scheme.

ICAR-CIFRI is actively promoting ornamental fish culture as a means of empowering women in the Sunderbans region, capitalizing on West Bengal's significant potential in the ornamental fish trade. On August 20 2023, sensitization and input distribution programme on ornamental fish culture unit was held at Sajnekhali, West Bengal. The programme was organized by ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Kolkata in collaboration with Digambarpur Angikar, Pratharprathima a non-government organization working for the underprivileged and vulnerable section of the society. The programme was intended for elevating the livelihood condition of the rural SC women through ornamental fish culture technology under SCSP scheme. Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Kolkata distributed ornamental fish culture unit consisting of FRP tank, aerator and other accessories including thermostat, live-bearer fish, ornamental fish feed was distributed to 50 SC women of Sajnekhali, West Bengal. Dr. Das explained a variety of ornamental fish farming-related aspects, emphasizing how it could improve the rural economy in long run. He also encouraged them to leverage this opportunity for their family's economic advancement. Dr. Lianthuamluaia, Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI elaborated on the financial advantages of ornamental fish culture being used by the other women's community. Dr. S. Bhattacharya provided a thorough live demonstration and explanation of the procedures for maintaining the live bearer. Each beneficiary receives a booklet written in the Bengali language at the program's conclusion. The beneficiaries were motivated and got a newfound sense of confidence to actively implement the ornamental fish culture for livelihood improvement. This creative strategy devised by the ICAR-CIFRI to build an ornamental fish village is a step towards encouraging women to start their own rural enterprise.

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