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Ranjita Saikia Deka, regardless of going through an enormous disaster in her 15-year-old enterprise, bravely put her toes ahead in a singular means of pisciculture. She is without doubt one of the first from Assam to start out land-based fish farming utilizing Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) know-how.
“Life has its personal ups and downs, regardless of the scenario it’s crucial for us to simply accept it in a optimistic mindset as a result of each problem is a chance,” says Ranjita Saikia Deka throughout a dialog with The Higher India.
From a really tender age, she wished to do one thing modern and out-of-the-box. In 2005, when the web was at its nascent stage, she took up the mission of making consciousness on utilizing the web and different trendy applied sciences and began taking free courses. Finally, she opened a web-based service store within the Dhemaji district. “Issues went effectively until March 2020, however COVID and its subsequent lockdowns pressured us to close store for greater than a 12 months which affected us financially,” she provides.
However Ranjita by no means wished to stick to 1 supply of earnings. So, in 2018, she began doing aquaponics. “In the future whereas scrolling by way of YouTube, I noticed a video on aquaponics and that’s the place the thought got here to my thoughts. I used to be fascinated by the strategy of rising natural greens and fishes altogether in the identical atmosphere.”
Ranjita’s aquaponics enterprise was a grand success, and witnessing this the Fishery Division approached her to arrange this hi-tech challenge below India’s Blue Revolution Scheme in 2017-18.
The success of the challenge, within the final two years, has compelled many from numerous nooks and corners of Assam and out of doors have approached Ranjita to learnt in regards to the method. However solely six to seven folks have been capable of efficiently be taught and implement this method.
Neeti Deb, spouse of former Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Deb has additionally visited Ranjita’s farm and confirmed her keenness to start out the challenge in her native state.
“To be sincere, I by no means imagined my trial and error strategies of aquaponics could be so well-liked. The success boosted my confidence to do one thing massive within the fisheries sector and accordingly, I attempted my fingers at RAS know-how,” she reveals.
First launched in Isreal Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) is a hi-tech land-based fish farming which primarily goals to extend fish manufacturing with the optimum use of land. It additionally tremendously helped in water conservation.
In India, it was included within the 12 months 2015-16 below the Blue Revolution scheme.
These tanks price wherever from Rs 50,000 to Rs 50 lakh. And the advantages of RAS know-how embody much less house, fewer labourers, and extra manufacturing, amongst others.
A wholesome means of fish manufacturing
The red-letter day of Ranjita’s life was 5 September 2020, the second when she formally began fish farming with RAS.
“The absolutely natural fish produced by way of RAS know-how can also be fairly cost-effective as a result of it requires much less house and labour,” she informs, including, “It additionally tremendously helps in water conservation, suppose in a 100-litre pond one can produce 1kg of fish nevertheless on this course of 1kg of fish can simply be produced in a 10-litre tank.”
Although the system requires extra electrical energy, Ranjita and her husband Putul Deka are constantly modifying methods to minimise consumption. The duo has additionally utilized for solar energy on this regard.
Presently in 8 tanks of 8-metre size and 5 toes depth which may maintain as much as 6 lakhs litres quantity water, Ranjita is producing quintals of Indian Main Carb (IMC) fishes akin to Rohu, Catla Catfish (Magur) Fossil Cat (Singhi), Pangas Catfish (Kosh), Chinese language Promophet (Roopchanda) and tasting success.
“Fishes of excessive medicinal worth are receiving good responses from the shoppers. We principally goal a number of fish markets in Jagiroad, Sonapur in addition to Guwahati the place the typical per day sale is round 10 kg. We even have fairly a handful of standard clients. In addition to, generally we do house supply in numerous components of Guwahati as per the request,” she informs
“Little doubt fish farming in RAS is a difficult activity however nothing may be extra satisfying than offering contemporary, scrumptious and wholesome fishes to the folks within the age the place nearly every little thing has chemical compounds in it,” she states.
Ranjita desires of organising a reside, fully natural fish market close to Guwahati and patiently ready for it to occur quickly.
As this improvised know-how requires much less labour thus she has employed two workers who’re serving to her within the clean run of the enterprise.
A Nice Mentor
Tilak Sonowal, one among Ranjita’s two workers engaged on the plant, says, “I’m working with Ranjita baideo (Assamese for ma’am) for the final six years and I need to say she has fully modified my life. Earlier, I used to be working in my village the place the earnings had been so low that I couldn’t even feed my little daughter however now after working below her, I’m having common earnings which helps my entire household to guide an honest life.”
“Baideo has given a brand new dimension to my life. She is a mentor and information, below her steering, I’m studying each nitty gritty of this improvised and modernised method,” he provides.
A Serving to Hand
Being the pioneer within the area, Ranjita’s is now thought of a one-stop resolution for fish farming. Her success story is encouraging many to do this new know-how.
Anjan Bishaya has this to say about Ranjita, “She is a beneficiant, pleasant and useful one who helped us study each nitty gritty concerning the challenge. She has supplied me with all of the required data which elevated my curiosity in it.”
Bishaya additional informs that the mandatory building of the challenge is on the verge of completion and the full-fledged enterprise will begin quickly. “Within the 6 tanks of 5.5 toes we’re growing the challenge within the Kallongpar space close to Guwahati.”
Mentioning it as an ideal initiative for the long run, he provides, “Land is getting decreased with each passing day and on this state of affairs building of ponds is simply not potential. This methodology of fish manufacturing requires much less house, time and labour, thus this sustainable methodology can be very helpful for future generations.”
Rezakul Islam, one other profitable RAS entrepreneur, additionally asserts that Ranjita has prolonged her serving to hand and supplied technical help whereas organising the farm.
Within the eight tanks, Islam cultures 40 to 45 tonnes of fish that are yielding him good earnings.
Slowly however steadily, the RAS enterprise is spreading to nooks and corners of Assam and different Northeastern states.
“Within the 12 months 2021, the entire turnover of the challenge was Rs 11.25 lakh and until June 2022 it has elevated to Rs 14.8 lakh. I hope to the touch it to Rs 20 lakh by the top of this 12 months,” Ranjita indicators off.
All image credit to & written by Sayantani Deb; Edited by Yoshita Rao