Retd bank employee proves fish ponds can help with vegetable farming
Fish farming gives us two benefits: first, we get fish and second, the water in fish pond can be used for growing vegetables. Vadakara Memunda native Gopalakrishnan, a retired cooperative bank employee, has proven this method to be successful.
Gopalakrishnan, cultivates GIFT Tilapia fish in three ponds and utilise the water for growing vegetables all over the compound. He uses the water from fish pond for irrigating vegetable farm twice a week. This is the major fertiliser used for the vegetables. He also managed to get a good yield from this.
Gopalakrishnan retired from bank three years ago and started farming gradually. He started fish farming only last year. He made four ponds for this purpose and filled water in them after spreading tarpaulin sheet in the base. He bought the GIFT Tilapia fish from a farm in a Koorachund.
He harvested fish for last Onam season and sold fish worth Rs 10,000. He targets local market only. Now there are about 600 fish in three ponds ready to harvest for Vishu. One pond is for rearing the juvenile fish. Tilapia costs Rs 250 for one kilogram.
Four motors are installed to pump water from all four ponds to the vegetable farm. The water mixed with excreta of fish is a good fertiliser. Water is pumped to the vegetable farm at regular intervals. Then clean water is pumped to the pond from well.
Gopalakrishnan grows bitter gourd, snake gourd, spinach, ash gourd, ridge gourd, long beans and brinjal in his farm. Cow dung and cow urine are used as fertiliser. He also rears two cows and 25 chickens at his home. He also set up a rain guard for farming during monsoon also.