BBA student reaps success from fish farming; sells upto 25 kg per day in lockdown
Kozhikode: A college student has set a model for all by reaping gold from fish farming during the lockdown. Pilassery native Ananthu, a final year BBA student, is excited for being able to sell upto 25-30 kilograms of fish every day. He said that though sales was good already, demand for fish increased during the lockdown period.
When availability of marine fish reduced and vendors started applying chemicals on fish, buyers became interested in fish harvested in farms. Ananthu cultivates GIFT tilapia fish in four ponds. It fetches upto Rs 300 per kilogram. He follows aquaponics method which involves both fish farming and vegetable cultivation. The fish attains full growth within six months. One fish weighs upto 500 grams.
Ananthu started fish farming only one and a half years ago with the support of his family. He visited several farms with his brother Adhin and learnt the methods of fish farming before starting a farm of his own. They said that it is easy to get back the invested amount from the first phase itself.
As demand for fish increased, the harvested fish in this season is already finished. Next harvest season will be in June. Ananthu and family also maintains vegetable farming, ornamental fish and ornamental bird farming. He is happy for being able to make the lockdown time productive with his farming venture.