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Scampi production proves successful

by Ellen Hardy
03 January 2008, at 12:00am

BALASORE - Dillip Nayak, a social worker and a politician of a tribal dominated block Nilgiri has proved himself as a successful fish farmer by producing scampi in the rocky soil.

While there was strong apprehension whether fresh water prawn can be harvested in such an area, yet he proved his critics wrong when he was successful in recently harvesting the prawns in his pond at Nuagaon. Mr Nayak informed that his profit were double the amount he had invested in the seven month project.

Till date he has harvested nearly 1.6 ton of prawns, and was able to repay the advance which he had drawn from the Kalinga Gramya Bank. “Although I had some experience of traditional fish farming, this time I attempted for scampi under the guidance of a private entrepreneur, Mr GS Acharya,” maintained Mr Nayak.

Mr Nayak undertook the culture with 3.5 acres of water area having 1.5 acre reserve with financial support of Kalinga Gramya Bank of Rs two lakh. He procured the seeds from Saran, Khurda.

Besides private guidance, the local fisheries department too helped him to undertake the culture. His fish catch after seven months was nearly between 40 gm to 125 gm each.

“Although we had an apprehension whether the project in Nilgiri can yield, yet we found more than expectation, which gives immense pleasure to the Bank. With his success several others too have been approaching to undertake sweet water prawn in the area,” said Mr Chandan Mohapatra, the branch manager of Kalinga Gramya Bank, Barunasing, Nilgiri.

Source: The Statesman

Ellen Hardy