2018, Vol. 6 Issue 3, Part B
Feasibility study of the small-scale poultry-cum-fish farming in homestead ponds for empowerment of rural women: A case study in the new alluvial zone of west Bengal, India
Author(s): Ipsita Paul, Lalmohan Mandal and Subhendu Datta
Abstract: The integrated fish farming is an eco-friendly lucrative venture which offers a higher farm income and also a cheap source of protein for the rural peasant families. For present study 20 economically backward women possessing homestead ponds were selected by a previously tested questionnaire from Berbari village of Nadia district under the New Alluvial Zone West Bengal to empower the rural women through participatory training on integrated poultry-cum-fish farming in their homestead ponds. Infrastructures for the integrated farming were developed for rearing 12 chicks and culturing Indian major carps (@ 7500 fingerlings/ha) in the homestead ponds for one year. Values of water quality parameters were within normal ranges for carp culture during the culture period. On an average net profit from poultry and fish farming was Rs. 14,460/- per beneficiary per year and benefit: cost ratio was 2.56:1. The activity is supportive to their self-employment and empowerment as well.
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