Gop, Feb 27(LocalWire): Subarnapur is a small village close to the Bhubaneswar-Konark highway in the Gop Block.
Fish traders from several districts and areas are often seen flocking the site in search of healthy fingerlings and spawns to give an impetus to their business.
Gyaneshwar Sahoo, a young fish farmer from the village and his family’s hatchery have now been an epicenter for quality fish seed and fingerlings besides other products.
Sahoo has been harnessing these fish produce through his advanced hatcheries which see blend of traditional practice and modern farming practices.
Sahoo is a 32-year-old successful rural entrepreneur who is earning profits in lakhs per month from his village as he often experiments mixing technology in fish farming.
Sahoo has a degree in law from Utkal University but he never practiced law but ventured directly into farming as he was more inclined to work from his village and becoming independent.
“I always had the affinity towards my village. I wanted to do business on my own and become self dependent rather than working under some person with fixed salary.
While many youths of my age continued to migrate outside the village for better opportunities I stuck on my ground,” he said.
Sahoo to boost his skills first undertook training from the scientists from the fish farming experts from Bhubaneswar and tried the latest available technology to rope in such technologies.
He claimed that due to erratic monsoon, increased pest attacks and other factors farming on the farmlands were not found to be profitable and that is why many farmers quit farming while many migrated for other menial jobs.
“To give a boost to our business we tried to ensure best quality in the areas.
Earlier there were many others who were doing fish farming. But we worked hard to ensure best quality and adopted latest technologies to get a brand name.
Sooner the traders started seeing the difference and we grew our farming. Now we have traders from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri and many other nearby districts coming to us for the fish produce we sell,” he said.
Sahoo had earlier had plastic hatcheries to grow fish produce which was soon converted into cement hatcheries.
The entrepreneur said that giving nutritious food with higher protein content helped in healthy produce from the fish.
According the Sahoo the size and quality of the fish produce often often attract the traders towards them.
Higher protein diets for fish, oxygen cylinders to ensure easy transportable packets of fish and their produce helped Sahoo in gaining his business even while living in a rural setup.