Kendrapara, Jan 17 (LocalWire) Women in several villages in Kendrapada are rearing fish in their village ponds and making themselves financially self-reliant, thanks to the support provided by local authorities.
The women have formed Self-Help Groups and are rearing fish after getting financial and technical help from the fisheries department, under Rashtriya Krushi Vikas Yojana, a central assistance scheme for the development of agriculture and allied sector.
30-year-old Jayanti Rout, a resident of Basantapur under Rajnagar block said fish rearing has provided her family in sustaining a livelihood.
She is a member of the Ma Budhi Mangala women self-help group. Pisciculture has helped her earn around Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 per month, she told LocalWire.
38-year-old Anjali Sethi is a member of Baba Jaleswar, another self-help group established in 2018.
Like Jayanti, she has become financially independent and is able to support the family by rearing fish along with other members, she told Localwire.
Similar is the stories of other women who have formed self-help groups and have turned to fish rearing.
Laxmipriya Mallick, 27, the secretary of Sidha Mavaveer group at Entalapur under Garadapur block said the living condition of the village women has improved.
The women not only rear fish they also sell them in the local market.
“We are now able to save Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 a month for the higher education of our two children,” she said.
As many as 4000 members of around 389 self-help groups have benefited from the scheme implemented by the fisheries department.
“ The government provides 60 per cent subsidies by providing Rs 90,000 to each group per hector pond to rear fish” fishery officer Mamata Mohapatra said.
The department not only provides them fish seeds, feeds and medicines but also fish rearing training, she said.
The plight of the marine fisher-folk in the seaside villages of Rajnagar and Mahakalapada blocks affected due to the fishing ban off the Gahirmatha Marine sanctuary has also been eked out by help fisherwomen doing pisciculture in the village ponds.
The fishery has not only provided people with a livelihood but has also made them self-sufficient, bringing in a mini ‘Blue Revolution’ in the rural areas, said Amarbar Biswal a social worker from Kendrapara.