Former expat Raveendran residing in Pallikkal Bazar is all set to reap a good harvest from his aquaculture. He had been working in Saudi Arabia for 19 years and started fish farming once he settled with his family in his native place.
Raveendran has arranged a pond and other mechanisms in a 2-cent plot. He nurtured 10,000 tilapia juvenile fish in the pond. They have attained full growth and will be ready for harvest in a few days.
Raveendran said that the fish are normally not affected by any type of diseases and they fetch upto Rs 300-400 per kg in the market. He also maintains dairy farming and other conventional farming methods.
Raveendran started aquaculture taking a bank loan. A subsidy of Rs 2.5 lakh will be granted from fisheries department. The juvenile fish were brought from Vallarpadam Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture. The group farming corporation under the CUSAT provides the technical assistance and advice required for the aquaculture.