When the flood devastated the state last year, Karumalloor Pudukkad native Shibu Thaithara could only silently watch his fish being washed away. But after 10 months, he is fully happy in his choice to stick to agriculture. Shibu has succeeded in pearl spot fish (Karimeen) farming.
Shibu had prepared a pond to start pearl spot farming after attending a training class organised by Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK). But the flood hit by the time and washed away 10,000 giant tiger prawns, 4500 tilapia and pearl spot fish.
After his farm and house were destroyed in the flood, Shibu was struggling to restart everything from the scratch. Thus he started reviving the pond with the help of KVK in January this year. He deposited 300 pearl spot juvenile fish in the pond.
The fish bred and the number of fish multiplied by March. In the first harvest, Shibu could collect 10,000 juvenile fish. They are being sold through the sales point of CMFRI (Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute) in Kochi.
It is Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra that produce fish in the farms distribute high quality pearl spot fish. Fifty pearl spot juvenile fish of 4-7 cm length are sold in an oxygen-filled packet at Rs 575.