Success Stories

 

Pond of Smt. Ritsibon Kharpran, Mawlyngngad, Mawryngkneng Block, East Khasi Hills

Smti. Ritsibon Kharpran is a resident of Mawlyngngad, Mawryngkneng Block. The location of her fishery project is at Mawlyngngad on the outskirts of the village. While conducting the inland water survey, it is found that the region is suitable for implementing a fishery project. The reason is due to the adequate abundant of water bodies in the region besides a good climatic condition. The temperature of the region ranges approximately between 18C to 20C in summer and it is slightly colder during the winter season. The region receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon. So based on these factors, she has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the scheme Special Package Assistance (SPA-I), under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (MSAM)

The construction of the pond starts in the year 2011 itself. The construction work starts with the 15% of the total project cost which is the mandatory cost of be contributed by him for the project together with the 1st instalment and subsequently the 2nd and 3rd instalment which she received from the implementing agency, till she completed her project in the year 2013. The project was constructed by means of excavation of the soil covering the water area of 0.1ha with a minimum depth of 1.5metres.

A total number of 1000 (0ne thousand) fish seeds, the size of which is that of a fingerling, comprising of six different kinds of species including IMC and Exotic species were stocked in the month August.

The pond is very productive and the productivity of this project is approximately 220 Kg of table size fishes which may be harvested out at the end of one year culture period.

The impact of this success to his life is tremendous. It has changed her personality. She has a sound socio economic status as she now has a better opportunity and can afford more expendables on her needs. She even has a confident of making it a massive project at her own level.

Smti. Ritsibon Kharpran is a progressive fish farmer with well maintenance of the pond. The farmer is a very hard working showing keen interest in fish farming. Her success in fisheries has motivated and inspired other fish farmers to take up fish farming.

 

Pond of Shri. Donkupar Kharsati , Mawkyniang, Mawryngkneng, Block, East Khasi Hills

Shri. Donkupar Kharsati is a resident of Mawryngkneng, Mawryngkneng Block. The location of his project is at Mawkyniang, on the outskirts of the village. While conducting the inland water survey, it is found that the region is very suitable for implementing a fishery project. The reason is due to the adequate abundant of water bodies in the region besides good climatic conditions. The temperature of the region ranges approximately 230 to 290 in the summer and it is slightly colder during the winter season. The region receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon. So base on these factors, he has been selected as one of the beneficiary of the scheme Special Plan Assistance (SPA-I), under the Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (MSAM).

Based on the recommendation of the implementing agency, the construction of the pond starts in the year 2011 itself. The construction work starts with the 15% of the total project cost which is the mandatory cost to be contributed by him for the project together with the 1st instalment and subsequently the 2nd and 3rd instalment which he received from the implementing agency, till he completed his project in the year 2012. The project was constructed by means of excavation of the soil covering the water area of 0.1ha with a minimum depth of 1.5metres.

A total number of 1000 (one thousand) fish seeds, the sizeof which is that of a fingerling, comprising of six different kinds of culturable species including IMC and Exotic were stocked in the month of August 2012.

The pond is very productive and the productivity of this project is approximately 350 Kg of table size fishes which may be harvested out at the end of one year culture period. The income generated out of this project is approximately Rs. 63,000 (Rupees sixty three thousand) at the rate of Rs. 180/Kg. the rate can even goes up to 200-250/Kg as the price depend upon the market and the people also preferred fresh fish rather than the one imports from other states that have been stored for several days.

The impact of this success to his life is tremendous. It has changed his personality. He has a sound socio-economic status as he now has a better opportunity and can afford more expendables on his needs. He even has a confident of making it a massive project at his own level.

Shri. Donkupar Kharsati is aprogressive fish farmer with a well maintenance of the pond. The farmer is a very hard working showing keen interest in fish farming. His success in fisheries has motivated and inspired other fish farmers to take up fish farming.

 

Pond of Shri. Ericson Lyngdoh,Dewsaw, Mawryngkneng Block, East Khasi Hills

Shri. Ericson Lyngdoh is a resident of Mawryngkneng. The village is under Mawryngkneng development Block and it is 50 Km from the headquarter Shillong. The fishery project is located at Dewsaw on the outskirts of his village. While conducting the inland water survey, it is found that the projection location is very suitable for implementing a fishery project. The reason is due to the adequate abundant of water bodies in the region besides good climatic condition. The region always receives maximum rainfall so it is obvious that scarcity of water is not a problem for the farmer, they are only to harvest the rain water in the form of fishery pond. The temperature of the region in which the pond is situated is comparatively hot and humid in the summer and it is cold in the winter. The source of water of this project is from a spring beside the pond. So base on the said factor above, he has been selected as one of the beneficiary of the scheme Special Package Assistance (SPA I), under Meghalaya state aquaculture mission (MSAM).

After getting the recommendation from the implementing agency the construction of pond start in the year 2011 itself. The construction work start with the 15% of the total project cost which is the mandatory cost to be contributed by him for the project together with the 1st instalment and subsequently the 2nd and 3rd installment which he received from the implementing agency, till he completed his project in the year 2012 in the month of June. The project was constructed by mean of excavation of the soil covering the3 water area of 0.1 ha with a minimum depth of 1.5 m.

A total of 1000 ( one thousand) fingerlings of six different kinds of culturable species where released in the month of august 2012 and it is expected that the mortality rate of these fingerlings will be minimum, as the farmers have had a technical guiding in raring fish by attending training and workshop organize by the implementing agency.

The production is approximately 310 Kg of fishes at the end of one year harvesting culture. The income generated out of this project is approximately Rs.55800/-(Rupees fifty five thousand eight hundred), at the rate of Rs.180/kg the rate can even goes up to 200-220/Kg but these depends upon the market.

Shri Ericson Lyngdoh is a progressive fish farmer with a well maintenance of the pond. He aims at making his project a more successful one with a construction of more ponds. This socio-economic standard of living has greatly improved with the taking up of fish farming. It is worthwhile mentioning that the farmer has made a good contribution toward his family's income. His enthusiasm in fisheries had inspired other people to take up fish farming.

 

Pond of Smt Aistreamlet Diengdoh, Janiaw, Mawsynram Block, East Khasi Hills

The fishery project of Smt Aistreamlet Diengdoh is located at janiaw of Mawsynram village, under Mawsynram C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills District, about 76 Km from Shillong. She has been selected as one of the beneficiaries under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission under SPA (2011-12). The project was completed on September 2013. The project is located in a low lying area and the source of water is from a stream. The project was constructed by means of excavation covering a water area of 0.1 ha with a minimum depth of 1.5m in which 1000 nos. of fish seed (fingerlings size) comprising of six different kinds of species including Indian Major Carp and Exotic Carp were stocked. Besides Fisheries Activities, she also practice integrated Fish Farming and conduct wild Breeding of Common Carp for selling it to other farmers and also for own stocking. The annual Production of table size fishes from the spawn of 0.1 ha is approximately 600kg and this has help in generating income through selling of Fishes and Angling. And thus the approximate annual income only from fisheries activities is Rs. 72,000.

The pond is well maintained with proper side drains on all sides, outlet canal and inlet pipe in proper places. Water parameters are checked from time to time, feed is given twice daily. Fishes produced are sold locally and in the nearby market. With her hard work and sincerity he hopes to contribute to her family income and has also motivated other fish farmers of the village to take up fish farming.

 

Pond of Shri Shrol khongsit , Tyrsad, Mawsynram Block, East Khasi Hills

The fishery project of Shri Shrol khongsit is located at Tyrsad of Mawsynram village, under Mawsynram C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills District, about 40 Km from Shillong. He has been selected as one of the beneficiaries under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission under SPA (2011-12). The project was completed on September 2013. The project is located in a low lying area and the source of water is from a stream. The project was constructed by means of excavation covering a water area of 0.1 ha with a minimum depth of 1.5m in which 1000 nos. of fish seed (fingerlings size) comprising of six different kinds of species including Indian Major Carp and Exotic Carp were stocked. His Strategies for adopting Fisheries is through training conducted by the Department of Fisheries under the scheme and this leads in the successful production of fishes from his pond of 0.1 ha in area. The annual Production of table size fishes from the spawn of 0.1 ha is approximately 600kg and this has help in generating income through selling of Fishes and Angling. And thus the approximate annual income only from fisheries activities is Rs. 72,000..

The pond is well maintained with proper side drains on all sides, outlet canal and inlet pipe in proper places. Water parameters are checked from time to time, feed is given twice daily. Fishes produced are expected to sell locally and in the nearby market. With her hard work and sincerity he hopes to contribute to her family income and has also motivated other fish farmers of the village to take up fish farming.

The Fish Farmer has also extended his Fishery Activities by constructing more ponds and thus generates more income and increases his socio economic status.

 

Pond of Smt Sibida Umdor, Rampna, Mawsynram Block, East Khasi Hills

The fishery project of Smt Sibida Umdor is located at Rampna of Mawsynram village, under Mawsynram C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills District, about 42 Km from Shillong. She has been selected as one of the beneficiaries under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission under SPA (2011-12). The project was completed on September 2013. The project is located in a low lying area and the source of water is from a stream. The project was constructed by means of excavation covering a water area of 0.1 ha with a minimum depth of 1.5m in which 1000 nos. of fish seed (fingerlings size) comprising of six different kinds of species including Indian Major Carp and Exotic Carp were stocked. The Fish Farmer has also extended her Fishery Activities by constructing more ponds and thus generates more income and increases her socio economic status. The annual Production of table size fishes from the spawn of 0.1 ha is approximately 600kg and this has help in generating income through selling of Fishes and Angling. And thus the approximate annual income only from fisheries activities is Rs. 72,000.

The pond is well maintained with proper side drains on all sides, outlet canal and inlet pipe in proper places. Water parameters are checked from time to time, feed is given twice daily. She actively involved in all kind of Fishery activities conducted by the Department like providing Table Size Fish for sale on every Fish Festival, Training, Awareness Programme etc. Fishes produced are sold locally and in the nearby market. With her hard work and sincerity he hopes to contribute to her family income and has also motivated other fish farmers of the village to take up fish farming.

 

Pond of Smti. Tyngshain Nongdhar,Mawpynthih, Mylliem Block, East Khasi Hills

Smti. Tyngshain Nongdhar residing at Mawpynthih Village, Mylliem C&RD Block. She is a beneficiary under the scheme SPA-I 2011-12. The project is located at Pdengshnong about 25 Km from Shillong and the project was completed in 2013. The Project was constructed by means of excavation covering water area of 0.1 Ha with a depth of 1.5m in which 1000 nos. Of fish seeds comprising of IMC & exotic species were stocked on August 2013.

A mark of her success is worth to be mentioned that she supplied 50 kg of fishes at the ever 1st State Aqua Fest 2013 from 0.06 Ha fish pond area prior of delivering her financial assistance from department.

 

 

 

 

Pond of Shri. Blester Kharlor , Umkhrih, Mylliem Block,East Khasi Hills

Shri. Blester Kharlor residing at lawmei Village, Mylliem C&RD Block. He is a beneficiary under the scheme SPA-I 2011-12 under MSAM. The project is located at Umkhrieh about 110 Km from Shillong and the project was completed in June 2013. The Project was constructed by means of excavation covering water area of 0.1 Ha with a minimum depth of 1.5m in which 1000 nos. Of fish seeds (fingerling size) comprising of IMC & exotic species were stocked on September 2013 and has produced 100 kg table size fishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pond of Shri. Hamko Dkhar, Sohkyrda, Pynursla Block, East Khasi Hills

Smti. Hamko Dkhar residing at Urksew,Pynursla Development Block. She is a beneficiary of the Area Expansion of Pond Aquaculture under Value Chain Management. The project is located at Urksew in Pynursla and it is about 50 Km from the Headquarter (Shillong). The Project is constructed by means of excavation covering a water area of 0.2 ha with a minimum depth of 2 meters in which 2000 nos. of fish seeds (fingerling size) comprising of IMC and exotic species were stocked and it is expected that about 500-550 kg of fish will be harvested from the project at the end of every year of culture period. Shri Hamko is a progressive fish farmer with a well maintenance of her pond. It is mentioned that the farmer will contribute towards her family income after harvesting of fish. She has also motivated and inspired other fish farmers to take up fish farming

The production is approximately 500 Kg of fishes at the end of 1(one) year harvesting culture. The income generated out of this project is approximately Rs.75, 000/- (rupees seventy five thousand), at the rate of Rs. 150/Kg. The rate can even goes up, upto Rs200-220/Kg but this depends upon the market.

 

Pond of Shri. Rajan Thabah , Nongmadan, Pynursla Block, East Khasi Hills

Shri. Rajan Thabah residing at Nongmadan Village,Pynursla Development Block. He is a beneficiary of the Area Expansion of Pond Aquaculture under SPA-I. The project is located at Nongmadan about 2 Km from Pynursla and it is about 51 Km from Headquarter (Shillong). The Project is constructed by means of excavation covering a water area of 0.2 ha with a minimum depth of 2 metres in which 2000 nos. of fish seeds (fingerling size) comprising of IMC and exotic species were stocked and it was expected that about 500-550 kg of fish will be harvested from the project at the end of every year of culture period.

The production is approximately 500 Kg of fishes at the end of 1(one) year harvesting culture. The income generated out of this project is approximately Rs.75, 000/- (rupees seventy five thousand), at the rate of Rs. 150/Kg. The rate can even goes up, upto Rs200-220/Kg but this depends upon the market.

Shri. Rajan Thabah is a progressive fish farmer with a well maintenance of his pond. It is mentioned that the farmer will contribute towards his family income after harvesting of fish. He has also motivated and inspired other fish farmers to take up fish farming.

Nongmadan village is 51 kms from Headquarter (Shillong).

 

Pond of Shri. Dliar Khongdup, Phlangtyngor, Pynursla Block, East Khasi Hills

Shri. Driar Khongdup residing at Phlangtyngor Village, Pynursla Development Block. He is a beneficiary of the Area Expansion of Pond Aquaculture under SPA-I The project is located at Phlangtyngor about 6 Km from Pynursla .The Project is constructed by means of excavation covering a water area of 0.1 ha with a minimum depth of 1.5 meters in which 1000 nos. of fish seeds (fingerling size) comprising of IMC and exotic species were stocked on the pond and it is expected that about 300-350 Kg of fish will be harvested from the project at the end of every year of culture period.

The production is approximately 350 Kg of fishes at the end of 1(one) year harvesting culture. The income generated out of this project is approximately Rs.52500, /- (rupees Fifty two thousand and five hundred), at the rate of Rs. 150/Kg. The rate can even goes up, upto Rs200-220/Kg but this depends upon the market.

Shri. Driar Khongdup is a progressive fish farmer with a well maintenance of his pond. It is mentioned that the farmer will contribute towards his family income after harvesting of fish. He has also motivated and inspired other fish farmers to take up fish farming.

Phlangtyngor village is 55 Km from Headquarter (Shillong).

 

Pond of Shri. Restonath Hynniewta, Khliehshnong Sohra, Wahumsaw, Shella Bholaganj Block, East Khasi Hills

The Fishery Project of Shri Restonath Hynniewta at Khliehshnong Sohra Village located at Umsaw under Shella Bholaganj C & RD Block East Khasi Hills. The project has been completed on November 2011 covering Water Area 0.2 ha with a minimum depth of 1.5 m in which 2000 Nos. Of Fishseed (Fingerling Size) comprising of Indian Major Carp (I.M.C) and other Exotic species stocked and the annual production is about 600 Kg (approx) of fish from the project every year.

Moreover, besides fish culture the farmer also conduct integrated farming such as poultry, cattle farming,etc, there has been a lot of income generation from all the allied activities practices by him that inspires others fish farmers to take the example of his collective efforts in contribution to what he had received even though a small financial assistance from the Fishery Department. A number of times the trainee from Meghalaya State Fishery Research Training Institute (MSFRTI) had visited the Fishery pond of Shri. Restonath Hynniewta where thoughtful expression had been given by him related to the success in the Fish culture and the concept of integrated farming.

 

Pond of Shri. Paila Kharkongor, Nongthymmai, Khad Ar Shnong Laitkrioh Block, Sohra Sub-Block, East Khasi Hills

Nongthymmai Laitkroh is a small village about 35 Km from Sohra which fall under Khad Ar Shnong Laitkrioh C & RD Block of Sohra Sub Division, Sohra. While conducting the inland water survey, it is found that the region is suitable for implementing a fishery project. The project has been completed on September 2010 covering Water Area 0.20 ha with a minimum depth of 1.5 m in which 2000 Nos. Of Fishseed (Fingerling Size) comprising of Indian Major Carp (I.M.C) and other Exotic species stocked and it is expected about 620 Kg of fish will be harvest from the project at the end of one year culture. Shri. Paila Kharkongor in a small way started taken up fish farming through his own effort during 2007-08 and later was assisted by the Department under the Scheme "One thousand ponds" during 2008-09. The annual fish production from his project is about 600-650 kg/year. The fishes produced are being sold locally and in the nearby market. With the sincerity and hard work of the beneficiary through fish farming this has contributed tremendously towards the family income, improved the economic condition of the family and motivated others fish farmers of the District to take-up fish farming

 

Pond of Smt. Lid Marbaniang,Wahkaliar Shella Bholaganj Block, East Khasi Hills

The Fishery Project of Shri Lid Marbaniang at wahkaliar Village located at Wahumsum under Shella Bholaganj C & RD Block East Khasi Hills. The project has been completed on May 2013 covering Water Area 0.1 ha with a minimum depth of 1.5 m in which 1000 Nos. Of Fishseed (Fingerling Size) comprising of Indian Major Carp (I.M.C) and other Exotic species stocked and it is expected about 300 Kg of fish will be harvest from the project at the end of one year culture. Shri. Lid Marbaniang in a small way started taken up fish farming through his own effort during 2007-08 and later was assisted by the Department under the Scheme Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission under SPA 2010-11. The annual fish production from his project is about 250-300 Kg.

With the sincerity and hardwork of the beneficiary through fish farming this has contributed tremendously towards the family income,improved the economic condition of the family and motivated others fish farmers of the District to take-up fish farming. Whereas he also make contribution in the Meghalaya State Aqua Fest held at State Central Library October 2015.

 

Pond of Shri. EVANSTAR KHARUMNUID, Umlyiur, Mawlali, Mawkynrew Block, East Khasi Hills

Shri. Evanstar Kharumnuid is a resident of Thynroit village under Mawkynrew Development Block. The location of his fishery project is at Umlyiur on the outskirts of the village. While conducting the inland water survey, it is found that the region is suitable for implementing a fishery project. The reason is due to the adequate abundant of water bodies in the region besides a good climatic condition. The temperature of the region ranges approximately between 24C to 28C in the summer and it is slightly colder during the winter season. The region receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon. So based on these factors, he has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the scheme Special Package Assistance (SPA-I), under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (MSAM)

The construction of the pond starts in the year 2011 itself. The construction work starts with the 15%of the total project cost which is the mandatory cost of be contributed by him for the project together with the 1st instalment and subsequently the 2nd and 3rd instalment which he received from the implementing agency, till he completed his project in the year 2012. The project was constructed by means of excavation of the soil covering the water area of 0.1ha with a minimum depth of 1.5 metres.

A total number of 1000 (One thousand) fish seeds, the size of which is that of a fingerling, comprising of six different kinds of species including IMC and Exotic species were stocked in the month August.

The pond is very productive and the productivity of this project is approximately 310 Kg of table size fishes which may be harvested out at the end of one year culture period. The income generated out of this project is approximately Rs. 55,800/- (Rupees fifty five thousand and eight hundred) at the rate of Rs. 180/Kg. the rate can even goes up to 200-250/Kg as the price depends upon the market and people also preferred fresh fish rather than the one imports from other states that have been stored for several days.

The impact of this success to his life is tremendous. It has changed his personality. He has a sound socio economic status as he now has a better opportunity and can afford more expendables on his needs. He even has a confident of making it a massive project at his own level.

Shri. Shri. Evanstar Kharumnuid is a progressive fish farmer with well maintenance of the pond. The farmer is a very hard working showing keen interest in fish farming. His success in fisheries has motivated and inspired other fish farmers to take up fish farming.

 

Pond of Smti. RIBALIN KHARBIHKHIEW, Madan Ryngkon, Thynroit, Mawkynrew Block, East Khasi Hills

Smti. Ribalin Kharbihkhiew is a resident of Thynroit, the village is under Mawkynrew Development Block and it is 42 Km from the Headquarter, Shillong. The fishery project is located at Madan Ryngkon on the outskirts of the village. While conducting the inland water survey, it is found that the region is very suitable for implementing a fishery project. The reason is due to the adequate abundant of water bodies in the region besides good climatic conditions. The region receives maximum rainfall , so it is obvious that scarcity of water is not a problem for the farmers, they are only to harvest the rain water in the form of fishery ponds. The temperature of the region in which the pond is situated is comparatively hot and humid in the summer and it is cold in the winter. The source of water of this project is from a spring beside the pond. So based on the said factors above, he has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the scheme Special Package Assistance (SPA-I), under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (MSAM)

The construction of the pond starts in the year 2011 itself. The construction work starts with the 15% of the total project cost which is the mandatory cost to be contributed by him for the project together with the 1st instalment and subsequently the 2nd and 3rd instalment which he received from the implementing agency, till he completed his project in the year 2012 in the month of June. The project was constructed by means of excavation of the soil covering the water area of 0.1ha with a minimum depth of 1.5 metres.

A total number of 1000 (one thousand) fingerlings of six different kinds of culturable species were released in the month of August 2012 and it is expected that the mortality rate of these fingerlings would be very very low, as the farmers have had a Technical guidance in rearing fishes by attending trainings and workshops organized by the implementing agency.

The production is approximately 300 Kg of fishes at the end of 1(one) year harvesting culture. The income generated out of this project is approximately Rs.54, 000/- (rupees fifty four thousand), at the rate of Rs. 180/Kg. The rate can even goes up, upto Rs200-220/Kg but this depends upon the market.

Smti. Ribalin Kharbihkhiew is a progressive fish farmer with a well maintenance of the pond. She aims at making her project a more successful one with the construction of more ponds. Her socio- economic standard of living has greatly improved with the taking up of fish farming. It is worthwhile mentioning that the farmer has made a good contribution towards her family's income. Her enthusiasm in fisheries had inspired other peoples to take up fish farming.

 

Pond of Shri. SPAINLANG KHARBANGAR , Wah Sohriang, Mawlang, Mawkynrew Block, East Khasi Hills

Shri. Spainlang Kharbangaris a resident of Mawlang Village. The village is under Mawkynrew development Block in East Khasi Hills District. The fishery project is located on the outskirts of his village, which is at a distance of 80 Km from Shillong, the Headquarter of the implementing Agency. While conducting the inland water survey, it is found that the area surveyed is suitable for rearing of fishes and hence implementation of a fishery project would boost the income of the person involved. The region always receives maximum rainfall during the monsoon season, especially in the month of June till mid of October. So, due to this fact, the water is abundantly available. The climatic temperature of the region is not so hot when compared to the other regions in the state, but rather it is slightly colder especially during the winter. The temperature is approximately ranges between 20C to 22C during winter. So based on these factors, he was selected as one of the beneficiaries of the scheme Special Package Assistance (SPA-I), under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (MSAM).

The construction of the pond starts in the year 2011. The construction work starts with the 15% of the total project cost which is the mandatory cost to to be contributed by him for the project together with the 1st instalment and subsequently the 2nd and 3rd instalment which he received from the implementing agency, till he completed his project in the year 2012 of the month of June, the project was constructed by means of excavation of the soil covering the water area of 0.1ha with a minimum depth of 1.5 metres.

A total number of 1000 (one thousand) fish seeds, the size of which is that of a fingerling, comprising of six different kinds of species including IMC and exotic species were stocked on August 2012. The productivity of this project is approximately 280 Kg of table size fishes harvested out at the end of one year culture period. The income generated out of this project is approximately Rs.50, 400/- (Rupees fifty thousand and four hundred), at the rate of Rs. 150/kg. The rate of the table size fishes can even surge to 200-250/Kg or more when the market is at its peak.

Shri. Spainlang Kharbangar is a progressive fish farmer with a well maintenance of his pond. He has also motivated and inspired other fish farmers to take up fish farming.

 

Pond of Shri Bristar Sylliang, Sohkhwai, Umling, Ri-Bhoi District

Fishery Development Project of Shri Bristar Sylliang is located at Sohkhwai under Umling Block about 5 Km from the National Highway. The Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd, Byrnihat branch is the bank for linkages with the department for releasing of the subsidy and bank loan. The amount was released in three installments. The 1st Installment of Rs. 31,110/- was released to the beneficiary for construction and after submission of Utilization Certificate and field verification, then the 2nd Installment of Rs. 30,218/- was released for completion of the project. Third Installment inputs viz. fish seeds, fish feed, lime, prophylactic measures, cowdung, etc., will be released in due course. The project was completed in January 2013 and fish seed were stocked in the month of April 2013.

Considering the fact that the farmers in Ri-Bhoi District usually depend upon agriculture for their livelihoods, to upgrade their systems of farming, different methods and new technologies should be introduced. Mr. Bristar had the vision to improve his income through fishery and is very happy and thankful to the department for providing such assistance. Though the department has provided him an assistance for constructing only one pond with an area 0.1 Ha, he managed to construct another 4 ponds. Mr. Sylliang is practicing integrated fish farming together with ducks and poultry. His idea of integrated fish farming is that both fish and livestock would be reared side by side, and fish and livestock would be grown under one interlinked system. This type of fish culture has several advantages such as economical utilization of land, excreta of duck and poultry can be used as fish feed as well as pond manure. Hence, expenditure toward fertilizers and supplementary feed is curtailed to the barest minimum.

Through this scheme Special Plan Assistance under MSAM Mr. Bristar Sylliang managed to generate income by harvesting 2 quintals of fish in the month of May 2014 and sold it to local market in the village itself @ Rs. 180/- per kg and he earned Rs. 36,000/-. From the money he has earned he has been able to pay the salary of 2 workers he has employed to work on his ponds for taking care of his livestock and necessary maintenance of the fish ponds by giving them monthly salary of 2,000/- each. Moreover, he repaired other pond that was damaged by recent heavy rainfall. He has also been able to buy the fish feed, etc. necessary for good growth of fish, and to support his family and been able to send his children to school and support necessities of the family. Later on in the month of August 2014 he allowed angling for villagers as well as people from outside the Village and charged 100/rod/head, this also generated profit. Especially during Saturday and holidays about 15-20 men come for angling in his pond. The farmer collected Rs. 1,500/- to 2,000/- during these two dates i.e. Saturday and holidays, this way of allowing of angling rotates his way of earning income and been able to serve the necessity and important needs internally at home as well as increasing the savings. Mr. Bristar Sylliang is very thankful and appreciates the department for providing such an assistance and technical knowhow in the field of fish culture and for overcoming the poverty trap that he had suffered from in the earlier years.

 

Pond of Shri Ades Lyngdoh, Mawkaton, Mawthadraishan, West Khasi Hills District

Shri Ades Lyngdoh of village Mawkaton, under Mawthadraishan Block of West Khasi Hills district. He is a well known fish farmer of the area and fish farming is his principal livelihood activity.

Shri Ades Lyngdoh is a sincere, hard working and dedicated farmer who dreams of excelling in fisheries. He received financial assistance from the fisheries department in the year 2011-12 under the State Aquaculture Mission. The yearly production is about 150-200 kgs from his 0.1 Ha fish pond, which contributes toward his family income and improves the financial condition of the family. The fish produced are being sold locally and in nearby markets.

He feels very grateful to the fishery department that besides training facilities the department has provided aid in the form of cash, technical knowledge and field visits. He stated that if fish farming is taken up with proper technical knowledge it will solve the problem of fish deficit in the state.

During the 2nd Aqua festival held on 22nd October, 2014 in shillong he supplied 70 kgs from his 0.1 ha pond comprising of Silver carp, Mrigala, Catla, Grass carp and common carp. The pond is well managed and well looked after by the owner who tries to find ways and means for increase his production year after year.

 

Pond of Shri Blingdo Ïawphniaw, Marngor, Mawthadraishan, West Khasi Hills District

Shri Blingdo Ïawphniaw is a resident of Marngor village under the Mawthadraishan Block of West Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya.

Shri Blingdo Ïawphniaw is a sincere, hard working and dedicated fish farmer. The project is situated around 30kms from headquarter. His project was selected under the scheme (SPA) 2011-12 under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission.

His yearly production of table size fishes is approximately 150-200 kgs from his 0.1 ha pond. He is actively involved in all activities related to fisheries conducted by the department and attends all training and field visits arranged by the department.

 

Pond of Smt. Nesdayreen Diengdoh, Nongpyndeng, Nongstoiñ, West Khasi Hills District

The Fishery project of Smt. Nesdayreen Diengdoh is located at Nongpyndeng village under Nongstoiñ Block, West Khasi Hills District. The project was constructed under the Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission.

Her yearly production of table size fish is approximately 200 kgs from her 0.1 ha pond. She is actively involved in all activities related to fisheries conducted by the department like attending training and field visit arranged by the department.

Smt. Nesdayreen Diengdoh is a hard working person who tries to find ways and means of improving her fishery project, to enhance fish production.

 

Pond of Smt. Merida Basaiawmoit, Nongkrem, Mairang, West Khasi Hills District

Smt. Merida Basaiawmoit is a resident of Nongkrem village, under Mairang Block of West Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya. Her project is situated around 50 kms from Mairang. Her project was selected under the scheme (SPA) 2011-12 under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission.

Smt. Merida Basaiawmoit is a sincere hard, working and dedicated fish farmer. She is an active fish farmer of the area. Her yearly production of table size fish is approximately 200 kgs from her 0.1 ha pond. Her project is well managed and looked after.

 

Pond of Shri Kedarson Rongrin, Umdang, Mawshynrut, West Khasi Hills District

Shri Kedarson Rongrin is a resident of Umdang village which falls under Mawshynrut Block of West Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, about 72 km from Nongstoiñ.

His project was selected under the scheme (SPA) 2011-12 under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission. Shri Kedarson Rongrin is a sincere, hard working and dedicated fish farmer and manages the project very well.

 

Pond of Shri Kronding Marngar, Rimardon, Mawshynrut, West Khasi Hills District

Shri Kronding Marngar is a resident of Rimardon village under Mawshynrut Block of West Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, about 43km from Nongstoiñ.

Shri Kronding Marngar was selected under the scheme (SPA) 2011-12 under Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission. He is a sincere, hard working and dedicated fish farmer who always tries to find ways to enhance fishery production from his pond. He is an active fish farmer of the area and shows keen interest in fish culture apart from his primary activity in agriculture.

The yearly production of table size fish is approximately 200 kg from his pond of 0.1ha. He is actively involved in all activities relating to fisheries, organized by the department.

 

Pond of Shri Pollindro Sangma, North Garo Hills District

The name of Shri Pollindro Sangma of Village Lower Sualmari of Bajengdoba area in North Garo Hills District is well known as the most successful progressive fish farmer of the area. By sheer dint of perseverance, hard work, good farm planning and management, ably supported by the Department he attained this status.

Shri Pollindro Sangma, father of 3 children was engaged in some small business to meet his day to day needs but the income generated from this business was not sufficient to support his family. Therefore he decided to construct a fish pond of 0.1 ha. Initial production from this pond was less, and he almost thought of giving up fish farming. Meanwhile, he received assistance and training from the Department which inspired him and he started learning scientific management practices. He now understood that culture of fish is a scientific process and good management is essential.

The Project of Shri Pollindro Sangma has been taken up under the "State Aquaculture Mission" in the year 2011-12. In the beginning, with much difficulties and financial hardship he managed to construct his pond covering an area of 0.1 ha with his own capital. But when he received Departmental assistance he extended his pond upto an area of 0.3 ha with a required depth of 1.5-2 m. He extended his intensive fish farming with high expected returns and visible economic upliftment.

During the "Aqua Fest" 2013 which was held at Tura, West Garo Hills he sold 75 kgs of fish @ Rs. 150/Kg making an income of Rs. 11,250/-. The total fish production from this project is about 300-350 kgs of fish per annum which he sold @ Rs. 200/kg generating an income of Rs. 60,000-70,000.

The success story of Shri Pollindro Sangma is an eye-opener to many of the farmers for adopting fish farming as a means of livelihood. "Hunger to become a successful fish farmer, inspiration and diligence are the hallmarks of my success," he added.

 

Pond of Shri Helwin Sangma, North Garo Hills District

Shri Helwin Sangma of Village Kharkutta, North Garo Hills District is a happy fish farmer who is earning a respectable livelihood out of fish farming.

Like an old saying, "Born To Fish... Forced To Work", Shri Helwin Sangma is a sincere, hard working and dedicated farmer who always dreamt of excelling in fisheries. He received assistance from the Fisheries Department in the year 2011-12 under the "State Aquaculture Mission". The yearly production of fish from his pond of 0.3 ha is approximately 350-400 kgs and amounting to Rs. 70,000 -80,000/year which contributed toward family income and improved the economic condition of the family. The fish produced are being sold locally and in nearby markets.

He stated that besides training facilities, the Department of Fisheries has provided various aids from time to time in the form of cash, method and technical knowledge through field visits. He expressed his gratefulness to the Department of Fisheries for all kinds of help and encouragement extended to him. He also stated that if fish farming is taken up with proper technical knowledge it is productive and unemployment problem will be solved to some extent.

He encouraged other people to grow more fish so that improving in fish yield can both meet the demand of the region and lower the price of fish in that region. "Lowering the price of any commodity means more people can afford to buy and less people go hungry", he said. He has started his business to motivate people around him by doing small scale farming practices and also to give self-employment for self-sufficiency.

 

Pond of Smti. Krosmolin Ryntathiang, Mairang, West Khasi Hills District

Smt. Krosmolin Ryntathiang, a fish farmer from Mairang, West Khasi Hills District, is a mother of 4 (four) children. She used to earn her livelihood by running a small grocery shop, but the income from this business was not sufficient to support her family, therefore she and her husband decided to enter the fish business by constructing 2 ponds near her house. In one of the two ponds she stocked fish seed for raising to table sized fish and in the other she procured fish seed from Assam for retailing to those interested fish farmers. After receiving assistance from the Mission from the Fishery Department, she constructed another 3 ponds to attain a total area of 0.15ha. She manages the pond by liming it and fertilizing regularly, she feeds her fishes twice daily with locally available raw materials like tapioca leaves, banana leaves, and remains of house hold items like rice, vegetables etc.

She is a hardworking person interested in new techniques and findings, and wants to prove herself as a real fish farmer and tries to produce Common carp seed through wild breeding. This year she earned Rs. 7500/- by selling 30kgs of fish seed @ Rs. 250/kg.

With the money she earned from her fishery business she could support her children in their further studies. One of her daughters completed BBA this year.

She felt that Training given by the Fishery Department empowered the poor fish farmers with up-to-date knowledge and information about fish culture including best practices, consumer preferences, sources of finance, etc. Besides fish farming, she also carried out agricultural practices for domestic consumption.

 

Pond of Shri Eslingdar Ïawphniaw, Marngor, West Khasi Hills District

The Fishery Project of Shri Eslingdar Ïawphniaw is located at Marngor village under Mawthadraishan Block, West Khasi Hills District and is about 35 KMs from District Headquarter Nongstoiñ. This project was taken up under the "State Aquaculture Mission" during 2011-12. The project consists of 1 (one) stocking tank covering water area of 0.10 Ha. He has various training on scientific approach to fish culture from the Department. Both IMC and Exotic Carp are culture are stocked and the farmer is yet to harvest.

Shri Eslingdar Ïawphniaw is a hard working person who tries to find ways and mean for improvement of his fishery project. The project is well managed and looked after.

 

Pond of Shri Deningstar Rani, Lum Myrsiang, Mawthadraishan, West Khasi Hills District

Shri Deningstar Rani is one of the successful fish farmers from Lum Myrsiang under Mawthadraishan Block located at a distance of about 35 Km from Nongstoiñ. He started his project in fish farming in 2011 -12 with financial assistance from the Department under "State Aquaculture Mission". The Project consists of one Stocking tank covering a water area of 0.10 Ha and is stocked with Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Common Carp, Mrigal and Gonius. The fish will to be harvested in November, 2015.

 

Pond of Shri Benewell Mawsor, Langsongthiang, Mawshynrut, West Khasi Hills District

The Fishery Project of Shri Benewell Mawsor is located at Langsongthiang Village under Mawshynrut Block of West Khasi Hills District about 80 km from the District Headquarter, Nongstoiñ. This project was taken up under the "State Aquaculture Mission". He completed the project in August, 2013 and it consists of one Stocking tank covering a water area of 0.10 Ha and stocked with Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Common Carp etc on October, 2013. The expected first harvest is in November, 2014 of about 150-200 Kgs. This project is well managed and look after. He is very interested in fish culture and is a hard working individual. His project can be further expanded and production.

 

Pond of Smti. Thiak Marngar, Mawsor, Mawshynrut, West Khasi Hills District

The Fishery Project of Smt. Thiak Marngar is located at Mawsor Mawlai Village under Mawshynrut Block of West Khasi Hills District about 40 km from the District Headquarter, Nongstoiñ. This project was taken up under the "Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission". She completed the project in July, 2013 with a water area of 0.10 Ha and has stocked with fishseed in October, 2013. The expected harvest in November, 2014 is about 150-180 Kg comprising mainly of Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Common Carp etc. Smt. Thiak Marngar is very interested in fish culture. How fish will be sold in the local market as well as at the District headquarters.

 

Pond of Shri Phikshon Wanniang, Nongmawlein (J), Mawshynrut, West Khasi Hills District

The Fishery Project of Shri Phikshon Wanniang is located at Nongmawlein (J) Village under Mawshynrut Block of West Khasi Hills District about 72 kms from Nongstoiñ, Headquarter. This project was taken up under the "Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission" and was completed in December, 2013, covering a water area of 0.10 Ha. It was stocked with Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Common Carp etc. in May, 2014. Harvesting will be done in July, 2015. This project is well managed and looked after.

 

Pond of Smti. Yolinda Lyngkhoi, Mawkadiang, West Khasi Hills District

Smt. Yolinda Lyngkhoi is one of the successful fish farmers hailing from Mawkadiang village under Nongstoiñ Block located at a distance of about 6 Km from the District HQ Nongstoiñ. She started her project in fish farming in 2011-12 with financial assistance from the Department under the "State Aquaculture Mission". The project consists of one Stocking tank covering a water area of 0.10 Ha and stocked with species comprising mainly of Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Common Carp, Mrigal and Gonius. The farm is still at its early stages. Fish production from the project is about 180 - 200 Kg/Year sold in the local Market at Nongstoiñ @ 150/Kg earning around Rs. 75,000 - 90,000/- annually. Her success has encouraged and motivated others to take up fish farming in the village.

 

Pond of Smti. Hunsi Wanniang, Mawkadiang, West Khasi Hills District

Smt. Hunsi Wanniang is one of the successful fish farmers from Mawkadiang village under Nongstoiñ Block located at a distance of about 6 Km from the District HQ Nongstoiñ. She started her project in fish farming in 2011-12 with financial assistance from the Department under the "State Aquaculture Mission". The Project consists of one Stocking tank covering a water area of 0.10 Ha and is stocked with Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Common Carp, Mrigal etc. The first harvest will begin in November, 2015.

Smt. Hunsi Wanniang is a very hard working person who tries to find ways and means for improvement of her fishery project to enhance fish production.

 

Pond of Smti. Kristina Wanniang, Mawkadiang, West Khasi Hills District

Smt. Kristina Wanniang is one of the successful fish farmers from Mawkadiang village under Nongstoin Block located at a distance of about 6 Km from the District HQ Nongstoin. She started fish farming in 2011 -12 with financial assistance from the Department under "State Aquaculture Mission". The project consists of one Stocking tank covering a water area of 0.10 Ha and stocked with Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Common Carp, Mrigal etc on October, 2013. Expected harvest is in November, 2014 of about 150-200 Kgs. This project is well managed and looked after. She is a hard working person. Her project still has scope for expansion and production. She has plans for further expanding.

 

Pond of Smti. Banrishisha Wanniang, Mawkadiang, West Khasi Hills District

Smt. Banrishisha Lyngkhoi is one of the successful fish farmers from Mawkadiang village under Nongstoin Block located at a distance of about 6 Km from the District HQ Nongstoiñ. She started her project in fish farming in 2011-12 with financial assistance from the Department under "State Aquaculture Mission". The Project consists of one Stocking tank covering a water area of 0.10 Ha and is stocked with Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Common Carp, Mrigal and Gonius. She has received training on scientific approach to fish culture from the Department of Fisheries.

Her Fish production year 2013 was about 200 kgs and she expects to produce more than 300 kgs this year. Her fish production is sold at the local market at Nongstoiñ.

She is a very hard working individual and benefited a lot from this venture which enabled her to support her children for their studies. Because of her sincerity and dedication she became a successful partner of the Mission and became a role model in the village .Her success has encouraged and motivated others to take up fish farming.

 

Eco-Hatchery of Shri Teinamsuk Nongtnger, Nongkulang, South West Khasi Hills District

Shri Teinamsuk Nongtnger is a resident of Nongkulang Village which falls under Ranikor Development Block of South West Khasi Hills District. He is an educated person who has taken up the challenge of becoming the first fish seed producer in the South West Khasi Hills District. His project located at Makbilkol has been selected for assistance under seed production in private hatcheries during the year 2012-13. The project is approximately 110 kms from Mawkyrwat, easily accessible by road. The most important feature of the project is the abundant supply of water even during the lean months a very important requirement for fishery projects. The beneficiary has constructed the eco- hatchery from his own contribution of 15% along with the 1st installment released on the 24.05.2014. The breeding pool as well as the hatching pool has been completed along with the nurseries. The beneficiary has sought help trial breeding, and the F.D. i/c was been deputed to assist the trial breeding on 11.07 2014 and 15.07.2014. The available surviving hatchlings are around 1,60,000 nos. or more.

Since the beneficiary has attended trainings on the subject at C.I.F.A., Bhubaneshwar the project is successful and with his keen interest in this field of production, he will be able to produce and supply fishseeds to the farmers of the district and perhaps outside the district too. His nurseries, rearing as well as stocking ponds are well maintained and with his hard work, and dedication he is expected to contribute and bring a positive change in fish culture in the area.

His project is supported by his family members who also have developed a keen interest in in fish culture and fish seed production. His fishery project is not limited to fish seed production only. He has constructed a number of ponds from which he is able to produce many table sized fishes. The catch is generally sold to the local villagers and village markets.

 

Pond of Shri Skhemborlang Kurkalang, Mawpynthih, East Khasi Hills District

The fishery project of Shri Skhembor Kurkalang is situated at Mawpynthih village, under Mylliem development Block East Khasi Hills District Meghalaya.

Skhemborlang Kurkalang is an active and cooperative fish farmer showing keen interest in fish culture besides his agricultural activities. He also practice integrated fish farming system, piggery cum fish culture.

His project is situated at a distance of about 20kms from the headquarter and is accessible by road. His project was selected under the scheme "One Thousand Ponds Scheme 2006-2007". His project was constructed in the year 2006 with an assistance of Rs. 72,000/-. His project was also covered under the Harvesting Programmed covered by Mass Media Support to Agriculture Extension with Doordarshan Kendra Shillong.

His yearly production of table size fishes is approximately 600 kgs. The annual income generated out of his project is approximately Rs. 72,000/-.

He actively involved in all kind of fishery activities conducted by the Department like bringing table size fishes for sale in fish festivals, trainings, awareness programmes, etc. The fish farmer has also extended his fishery activities by constructing more ponds and thus generated more income.

 

Pond of Shri Kwuid Rynjah, Laitkyrhong, East Khasi Hills District

The Fishery Project of Shri Kwuid Rynjah is situated at Wahumphrah, Laitkyrhong village, under Mawkynrew Development Block, East Khasi Hills District Meghalaya. Kwuid Rynjah is a very sincere and dedicated fish farmer. Though he is not educated but yet he is a very hard working person and excels in his work in fisheries.

His fishery project is situated at a distance of about 24 kms from the headquarter and is accessible by road. His project was selected as one of the feasible projects under the scheme Fish Farmer Development Agency during 1994-95. His project was constructed way back in the year 1995 with an assistance of Rs. 10800/-. His project was chosen by CIFA for conducting a Demonstration of Integrated Fish Farming project and Pig-cum-Fish Culture.

He constructed more ponds as the time passed and he sold his fishes at Smit market and the sale proceeds contributed to the schooling of his children. The yearly production of table size fishes from his pond of 0.42ha is approximately 900 kgs. His approximate yearly income from fisheries is Rs. 96,000/-.

He had been steadfast in pisciculture activities and he even taught his children about fish farming. Now they are progressive farmers and they also conducted wild breeding of common carps and sold the fingerlings to other farmers of the nearby villages.

Mahaseer, an indigenous species is also reared in one of his ponds and is managed by one of his sons. His fishery activities raised the socio-economic status of the family. He is also one of the role models in fish culture inspiring other individual farmers/entrepreneurs etc. to take up fish culture as a challenge and also as an income generating activities. The fish farmers undergoing training at Meghalaya Fisheries Research and Training Institute, Mawpun are taken to his project site during field visits.

 

Pond of Shri Beding Marbaniang, Lyngngai, East Khasi Hills District

The Fishing Project of Shri Beding Marbaniang is an individual private Fishery Project situated at Lyngngai Village under Mawphlang C&RD Block East Khasi Hills District Meghalaya.

The distance of the project from Shillong is about 60 Kms and is accessible by road. This project was one of the feasible projects under the 1000 Ponds Scheme in 2005-06. The project was completed in the year 2006, with the amount sanctioned Rs. 72,000/- assisted under the scheme. He added two more projects of area of 0.1 ha. each from his own funds. He also has one more project of 0.8 ha (approx).

The yearly production of fish from his pond of 0.8 ha. is approximately 1200 Kgs. He has started wild breeding of common carps and is selling to other farmers. The annual income generated out of his project is Rs. 1,20,000/- through sale of table sized fish.

He actively involved in all fishery activities conducted by the Department like bringing table size fishes for sale in fish festivals, harvesting operation covered by Mass Media Support to Agriculture Extension, etc. with Doodarshan Kendra Shillong.

He also is very cooperative and is a progressive fish farmer showing keen interest in fish farming. He has contributed a lot to other fish farmers by encouraging and guiding them to take the scheme for fish farming.

 

Pond of Shri Rom Khonglah, Umkiang, East Jaintia Hills District

Shri Rom Khonglah is a progressive fish farmer from Umkiang village, East Jaintia Hills District. His Project is located at Lumcherra, Umkiang about 65 Kms from Khliehriat on the Khliehriat-Silchar Road. During 1995-96,with much financial hardship and difficulties he managed to construct 2 stocking ponds covering a water area of 0.2 hectare with the required depth of 1.5 m. He has constructed his project on the low lying area surrounded on all sides by beautiful arecanut hillocks where the ponds had been excavated on the abandoned paddy field adjacent to his house. The water supply is from natural spring. Fingerlings of 6 different cultureable fish species like Rohu, Catla, Mrigal, Grass Carp, Silver carp and Common Carp have been released. Owing to favourable climatic condition, it has been observed that the fish growth rate is remarkable in the area where fish attained about 500-600 gms weight in one year.

Pond management and maintenance is being conducted regularly before releasing the fresh stock into the pond. Based on the growth and size of the fishes, Shri Rom Khonglah also used to conduct interval netting in which bigger fishes are being disposed off whereas the smaller ones are released back and given a chance to grow to the required size. Total harvesting as per the time frame is being done by complete drying of the ponds where fish are being handpicked and sold. Fish produced are being sold locally in the nearby Umkiang market. The total fish production from his project is about 250-300 Kgs per year and the annual turnover comes to about Rs. 40,000 - Rs. 50,000/-. This has contributed tremendously to the annual family income of the farmer and proved to be economically viable. With so much contribution, this itself has created an awareness amongst the villagers regarding the importance of fish culture and its impact on the rural economy.

With all these trials and achievements, Shri Rom Khonglah has now stretched to another plot of land for his new fishery project covering a total area of 0.4 hectare, under the on-going Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission(MSAM).

 

Pond of Shri Lamsing Tynsong, Lahalein

Shri Lamsing Tynsong hails from a small and remote village called Lahalein on the Indo-Bangladesh border about 60 Kms from Khliehriat. He owned a land at Lumkhleiñ which has been blessed with an attractive and beautiful landscape, hillocks, a low lying area and suitable climatic conditions. Taking advantage of all these blessings and with a view to improve the family economic livelihood, during 2005-06, with his small knowledge on fish culture and in consultation with the Fishery Officer, Khliehriat Sub-division, he constructed 3(three) nos. of Stocking Ponds covering a water area of 0.6 ha. This project has been carved out in a suitable topography decorated with arecanut plantation on the hillocks on both sides of the project. He was assisted by the Department under the Scheme “Aquaculture Development of 1000 ponds” during 2009-10.

The project has been well maintained and a variety fish seeds (about 6,000 nos. of fingerlings size) comprising of Rohu, Catla, Mrigal, Grass Carp, Common Carp, Gonius and Java puthi are stocked every year. Total harvesting is also regularly conducted and the Annual fish production is about 500-600 Kgs amounting to about Rs. 90,000 - Rs. 1,00,000/-. The fishes produced are being sold locally and in the nearby market. During the launching of the Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (MSAM) at Polo ground on the 5th March 2012, about 100 kgs of fishes were harvested from this project for sale on that particular day. With the sincerity and hardwork of the beneficiary through fish farming, this has contributed tremendously towards the family income, improved the economic condition of the family and motivated other fish farmers of the village and District, to take-up fish farming. Moreover, this has also created local employment with the engagement of 2(two) regular labourers throughout the year.

The Fishery Project of Shri Lamsing Tynsong is one of the best projects in the District. He has really taken keen interest to manage and maintain this project and presently also through his own effort another new project of more than 1.00 hectare is under construction and expected to be completed by May-June 2013. He has become a role model as far as fish culture is concerned.

 

Jaintia Fishing Association, Jaintia Hills, Jowai

Angling is a part-time leisure deeply associated with the people of the District. Having observed with deep pain the wanton destruction of fish fauna in the District, a group of responsible people under the leadership of Shri J.K. Passah (founding President) decided to form an organisation under which a message of "SAVE FISH CAMPAIGN" could be spread. Thus the Jaintia Fishing Association was formed in 1993 with its Headquarter at Jowai. The primary aims and objectives of the Association are:

1. To prevent selfish exploitation of riverine fishes by using dynamite, poison, generators etc.

2. To release fish seeds into rivers and streams.

3. To conduct awareness programmes on conservation of aquatic life.

4. To preserve the river as a clean and perennial source of drinking water.

Since its inception, the association has been working tirelessly in the river Myntdu which has been selected as a pilot project. No doubt, it is through the effort of the Jaintia Fishing Association that fishes at river Myntdu still thrive. The Association has been working in close collaboration with different Government agencies and District Administration in order to achieve its objective. This success at river Myntdu was spread to different parts of the District and as of today, the Association has 12 (twelve) units in different parts of Jaintia Hills which volunteer to work on the above objectives. Very recently the Jaintia Fishing Association has unanimously decided to change its name to Jaintia Fishing and Environment Protection group and is registered with the Government.

 

Seng-bor-lang Women SHG - Smoked Fish Industry

Smoked fish in Jaintia Hills is an old age practise and was done so in the traditional method. It is a well known fact that smoking of fish is one of the oldest methods of preserving fish from spoilage. Smoking methods may vary but all are based on a few common principles. Smoked fish is a delicacy in Jaintia Hills and is the key ingredient to many local dishes.

A group of women at Umladkur village under Amlarem Block has been practising smoking of fish since 1992 and saw that it was very beneficial economically. They thus decided to form a Self Help Group dedicated entirely for this purpose. This group was established in 1995 as the Seng-bor-lang Women Self Help Group and subsequently registered in the office of the Block Development Officer, Amlarem C & RD Block. This cottage industry is run by 10 (ten) members with Smti. Alma Mulat as the Secretary. The main aim of the Self Help Group is to promote Smoked Fish Industry for improving their livelihood and also generate employment.

The raw materials used in the industry include fresh fish, fire wood and bamboos. To reduce the cost price, the fish is bought in bulk from the market. "Kharang" (local name) and "Khyrwong/Kha Pyndong" are the two products this industry produces and the difference between the two has a twist. Kharang is simply a single fish smoked in the furnace. Meanwhile, Khyrwong requires two fishes and are attached to one another end to end. Both the fishes are bent to form a semi-circle and are then tied to one another forming a circle. In the case of Kharang, after the fishes are washed, a small bamboo is inserted through the mouth and is then degutted. The bamboo acts as a stand for the fish during smoking so as to keep the dirt off the fish. For Khyrwong, the bamboo is pierced through the eyes of one fish and through to the next fish forming a support structure for the circle created. The fishes are smoked in the furnace for about 5 to 6 hours. During smoking, the fish dries up and also absorbs the aromatic substances from the smoke. It is worth mentioning that the quality of raw fish has a significant influence on the quality of the smoked product. The group often gets a chance of buying fresh fish from the farmers in the nearby villages for smoking. This product is superior both in taste and aroma as compared to the raw fish brought from the market. The group has a good work allotment schedule where all the members participate right from obtaining the fish from the market to selling the fish. Each member would get a chance of carrying the different specific works needed to be done and are not confined to one specific duty.

This Value Added Product fetches a very good price in the market and is not only sold in the local market but also in the other distant markets. As far as the market value is concerned, this operation is more profitable during winter. The fishes are sold at the rate of ` 170-180 per piece. The net annual income of the group is about ` 60,000-70,000. As the group purchase their fresh fish in bulk, the amount spent for said purchase is effectively reduced. Even on obtaining the fish from the farmers, the group still manages to squeeze a number that would benefit them. This low cost on purchase of raw materials and a subsequent increase in the selling price has proved to be very beneficial trade. Although it is considered a small scale industry, but from the Department's point of view, this plays a very important role as far as indigenous traditional knowledge on fish processing is concerned.

 

Pond of Shri Koinath Marak, Village: Chenggalgre, West Garo Hills District

“I am from small village, I always have a financial problem in my family. But after I got this Fisheries scheme its totally different. In the first year there was no profit but after the second year of my fish culture I was very happy to see a good harvest from my pond. Now I get at least 300-500Kg in a year. When I got the scheme it was sanctioned for 0.2 Ha under Aquaculture Development of 1000 ponds scheme but now after I've got profit from selling fish I have extended my pond to 0.4 hectare.

And with the money I get from selling these fish I could now send my children to better schools and also now I also have some savings in my account which I never had before”.

 

Pond of Shri Emosh N. Sangma, Village: Dingkajora, West Garo Hills District

Mr. Emosh is one of the beneficiaries residing in Dingkajora village under Dalu Dev. Block. He comes from a poor family. He had difficulty even to support his family, but after he got the scheme '1000 Ponds Scheme' from the Fisheries Department, he is now relieved from his financial crisis.

He started fish culture in the year 2006 with a water area of 0.2 hectare. With the guidance and help from the technical officers of the department, now from every harvest his income is around Rs. 50,000 to 60,000. And also after he saw a good turnover from fish culture he has also extended his pond from 0.2 to 0.3 hectare.

 

Pond of Shri Charles Slong, Pdengshakap - West Jaintia Hills District

Shri Charles Slong, a senior citizen, is the proud owner of a fishery pond located at Pdengshakap village covering an area of 0.25 hectare under the Amlarem Sub-Division, West Jaintia Hills District. The village is about 50 kilometres from Jowai. The pond is located in very ideal climatic conditions with very good rainfall and is highly suitable for fish farming. The growth rate of fish in this area is higher than in other parts of West Jaintia Hills District. Shri Slong started his project in 2004 bearing initial expenses himself. His dedication to fish farming though remarkable, was still not remunerative. As he was not satisfied with the incomes, he decided to avail technical and financial assistance from the Department. He was assisted under the 1000 Ponds Scheme during the year 2010-11.

He stocked 2,500 fingerlings in his pond in June 2012. The production from his pond is likely to be in the range of 1,000-1,200 Kgs/year. With that kind of production, he will generate an income of around Rs. 1,50,000 - 1,80,000/-. This will provide for the needs of his family especially since his daughter is now pursuing her higher studies in Pune. He practices Integrated Fish Farming and benefits from the Piggery and the Poultry Unit also. He earns Rs. 50,000 - 65,000/- annually from these units.

Shri Charles Slong is a role model to the people in Pdengshakap village to take up fish farming for improving the economic status of the family. A good number of beneficiaries have benefitted under the Special Plan Assistance (SPA) 2010-11 as a part of the Meghalaya Aquaculture Mission. This entrepreneur has worked very hard to achieve success and is an inspiration to the people of the State of Meghalaya.

 

Pond of Smti. Dayanti Bthuh, Hawai Sutnga - West Jaintia Hills District

The Fishery Project of Smti. Dayanti Bthuh is located at Hawai Sutnga about 110 Kilometres from Jowai. This Project was assisted by the Department of Fisheries under the Area Expansion of Pond Aquaculture under RKVY 2010-2011. This farmer was practising fish farming since 2005. As she was unfamiliar with the modern techniques adopted and new technology utilised, the production from her 0.2 hectare pond was unsatisfactory. But the odds were with her when she saw an advertisement in the local newspaper that the Department of Fisheries was calling for applicants to avail technical and financial assistance under the scheme "Area Expansion of Pond Aquaculture under RKVY 2010-2011". This provision from the Department provided an opportunity for her to increase the water area of her project. With the advice from the officers of the Department she was able to re-design the inlet-outlet system of the pond by installing A.C/G.I pipes and attaching appropriate meshed-size steel nets in these pipes, thus maintaining a clean and fresh water supply to the pond. Under the Scheme, she received training on Fish Farming Practices. With the now acquired knowledge, she is now following all the modern techniques and adopting new technology. She is very pleased with the help she received from the field staff and officers of the Department.

It is expected that the production may be in the range of 550Kg/year - 600Kg/year. Her total income would be to about Rs. 90,000/- which is a reasonable income for the farmer. As she practices Integrated Fish Farming, she also generates around Rs. 30,000-40,000/- income from the sale of Pigs. This has improved the financial status of her family.

Smti. Dayanti Bthuh has proven to be a very bright person, very quick in learning and is very keen to further improve her project. She has not only upgraded her pond to a new level, but she was able to generate employment to the people because she can now afford to spend some of her income to engage manual labour. It is Entrepreneurs like her with help of the Officers and technical staff of the Department that can guarantee the Success of the Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (MSAM) 2012-17.

 

Pond of Shri Teibor Hinge, Ïawmusiang - West Jaintia Hills District

Shri Teibor Hinge, a fish farmer, is pleased with the income he earns from his 0.3 hectare pond. His project is located at Nangbah which is about 10 Kilometres from Jowai. Initially, despite his efforts, this farmer could not achieve the results he desired and could not boost the production from his pond. However, things changed when he registered with the Fisheries Department for the Area Expansion of Pond Aquaculture under RKVY 2010-11. With the technical training he received from the Department of Fisheries. Shri Teibor Hinge has renovated his pond. He understood that experimenting by himself with no knowledge from other sources did not do him much good. But with the training he received, he now possesses the knowledge, skill and has a very well maintained fishery project. By putting into use his new knowledge, he is rearing more than one species of fish. He did not have to spend much, as he had the government assistance in the form of subsidy and loan from the Fisheries Department.

3000 fingerlings were stocked in June, 2012 and his harvesting is closing in. It is estimated that the production from his pond would be in the range of 600-650 Kgs/year. With this production the income generated from the pond would be Rs. 97,500/-.

Shri Teibor Hinge has not only improved the financial status of his family but he was also able to provide employment for his jobless nephew, whose job is to look after the pond, feed the fish, keep out predators etc. and he earns Rs. 3,000/- per month. With guidance and help from the Department, he manages the physical and chemical parameters of the pond efficiently. He also monitors the growth of the fish and checks on their health periodically, and all this was possible with the help from the Department.

 

Pond of Shri Dhaneswar Rabha - North Garo Hills District

Shri Dhaneswar Rabha of Maneckanj , North Garo Hills District, under Reubelpara C and RD Block started rearing fish in a small pond of about 0.5 hectare since 1980. Dhaneswar Rabha, father of seven children had faced several challenges in the construction of his fishery pond. At that time even quality fish seed was not available.

"There were times when people of the locality laughed at me for the idea of converting my paddy field into a fishery pond instead of rice cultivation as they believe that pond construction is wastage of time and it would never give the desired results. But I never paid any attention to them as people have different thoughts and actions", said Dhaneswar

In 1983-84 he received a subsidy of Rs. 300/- under General Subsidy from the Fishery Department. During that time there was no training and programmes related to fish farming. Not disheartened by the criticism, he went ahead digging his pond spreading an area of 0.5 ha. to start his fish farming. Today, he is a successful fish farmer earning a net income of Rs. 30,000/- per annum by selling fish in markets like Dudhnai, Krishnai and Mendipathar, much to the envy of the people who once laughed at him.

He is making a decent living out of fish farming. In a bid to add to his income sources, he is also raising 5 nos. of pigs for commercial purposes. Poultry farming is primarily for meat and eggs. There are about 500 nos. of chickens being raised by him chiefly for meeting local demand. His poultry farming and Piggery are not yet integrated but he has plans to initiate this farming system in a short time.

Besides the above, he has planted coconut trees and other agro-forestry trees on the bunds. Additionally, he has started his second pond construction with a water area of about 0.4 ha. as shown in the picture.

"Dhaneswar has become a role model for others in his area. Being inspired by his success many people of that area have started to take interest in fish farming"

 

Pond of Shri Eckarstar Momin, Dilma A'dap - North Garo Hills District

Shri Eckarstar Momin, a fish farmer set up his fish pond in a village called Dilma A'dap, about forty kilometres away from Mendipathar, under Kharkutta C and RD Block, in the newly created North Garo Hills district. He is also engaged in some local business to meet his day to day needs. His fish farming business consists of two components viz: Duck-cum-fish culture and Pig-cum-fish culture.

He is a beneficiary of the Scheme "Aquaculture Development for 1000 Ponds" for the year 2008-2009. He has constructed his first pond in an area of about 0.3 ha. He has also completed his construction work on his second fishery pond. He had an opportunity to attend the training Programmes organised by the Fishery Department to acquire skill, Knowledge, methods/techniques related to fish farming which had helped him to develop the idea of making a decent livelihood out of it.

In the beginning of his first year of fish culture, he has released 3000 nos. of fingerlings. No supplementary feeding was required for his fishery pond as the waste from the livestock acted as feed for fish and manure as well. After one year from stocking he harvested 300 kgs of fish which he sold @ Rs. 150/kg generating an income of Rs. 45,000 which he used for his daughter's college admission.

He also mentioned that pond culture has a number of advantages. Pond water not only yields fish but also contributes to irrigation and drinking water for livestock in dry season.

He is also rearing 35 ducks in a duck house constructed over the pond water surface using some wooden or bamboo made poles. It is chiefly for the purpose for selling their meat and eggs. Droppings of ducks are also used to fertilize the pond. Ducks are fed with rice bran at the rate of 100gm/day/duck. Each duck lays about 50-60 eggs every year and can be sold at the rate of Rs. 10/pair. Approximately, he made a profit of Rs. 10,500/- by selling eggs per annum excluding the income from the meat.

Raising of pigs in a small scale is also a part of his business and a common source of income in many rural areas. He started to work on pig-cum-fish farming with about 4 nos. of pigs that are being raised in his pig sty for the purpose of selling them at reasonable prices. He learnt that livestock manure is used to feed the carps.

The farmer also has to spend less time and money in buying supplementary feed for the fish. For this reason, he started his venture of fish farming along with livestock with determination to get the desired results in near future.

On the other hand, integrated fish farming offers opportunity for taking up various farming activities with optimum utilization of land space for food production, thus increasing household income of small farmers. In spite of the remoteness of the location, he intends to continue the practice of farming in future and also urges other fellow farmers to adopt this farming system for increasing their income.

"FISH FARMING IS AN ENTERPRISE FOR BRINGING A GOOD SOURCE OF INCOME TO UPLIFT THE ECONOMIC CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE TO AN EXTENT," he added.

 

Pond of Smti. Meghaline Marak, Gokolgre Village - North Garo Hills District

Smt.Meghaline Marak, hails from a small village called Gokolgre, which is located about seven kilometres from Bajengdoba, under Resubelpara C & RD Block and falls within the newly created North Garo Hills, District. Today she makes her livelihood by selling fish in Gokolgre market. Fish farming not only helps in uplifting her economic status but also add aesthetic value to the village.

After the sudden death of her father the whole family was badly affected due to poverty and she had a responsibility to look after her mother and two brothers. Despite the hurdles ahead of her, she had never lost hope and begun engaging herself in some local business in order to support her family. She owned a small parcel of land measuring about 0.6 ha. of paddy field and a fish pond of 0.1 ha constructed by her father prior to his death. But for want of finances, the construction was left incomplete.

She had the passion for fish farming and approached the Fisheries Department for support. She was sent for a training programme on fish farming which strengthened her knowledge and made her gain more interest on fish Farming. With the help of the Fishery Department she extended her fishery pond from 0.1 to 0.32 ha under the scheme "Aquaculture Development for 1000 Ponds", in the year 2008-2009. She repaid the credit component of 25% a year after.

"Training is necessary for a farmer because without proper training we will not know the methods/techniques that have to be applied for the culture of fish. Adopting new techniques has helped me out of poverty and now I have enough to eat, enough to give to people around me and also to sell in the market. The income generated in the earlier days through agriculture was only Rs. 40,000/- per year which was not sufficient even to meet the needs of my family but fisheries has added to that income and today I do not regard myself as poor", she added. She also mentioned that Training Programmes given by the Fishery Department empowered the poor fish farmers with up-to-date knowledge and information about fish culture including best practices, consumer preferences, sources of finance, etc. Besides fish farming, she also carried out agricultural practices for domestic consumption.

With the earnings received from the sale of fish she purchased a Rice mill and has now dreams.

"GROWING FISH IS THE EASIEST WAY OF EARNING A BETTER LIVELIHOOD", she said.

 

Pond of Shri Gilbert N. Marak, Songsak - East Garo Hills District

Shri Gilberth N. Marak a progressive fish farmer and a father of 11 children lives in a small village called Songsak located about 40 kms away from Williamnagar town under the Songsak C & RD Block, East Garo Hills District.

He constructed his fishery pond after receiving the scheme "Aquaculture Development of 1000 ponds", during the year 2007-2008 in his Daughters name Smti. Sanmeritha Sangma.

He is a very hard working person and spends all his time in a small hut he had constructed next to the pond to look after his assets. Life for him was miserable prior to his setting up the pond.

"Life is great as long as you can earn and look after your family. I have a large family to feed and from the very beginning I was facing difficulties in earning daily bread for my family. But today with the support from the Department of Fisheries I had constructed a fishery pond measuring approximately 0.3 ha. and today I have understood its true importance".

Mr. Marak has been sent for training programmes in Meghalaya as well as outside the state. Training programmes organised by the Fishery Department have been instrumental in life transferring changes in many farmers of East Garo Hills district. Progressive fish farmers like Mr. Marak have become role model for other farmers.

He is getting a production of about 300 kg per annum, which he sells in the market and during festive occasions and wedding ceremonies, etc earns @ Rs. 250 per kg earning an income of Rs. 75000/- per annum.

 

Pond of Shri Washing Marak, Bansam - East Garo Hills District

Shri Washing Marak is in his mid 50`s and an asthma patient. He lives on a hill top in a small village called Bansam awe under East Garo Hills District, along with his wife, and a daughter who is already married. The project is located about 30 kms away from Williamnagar town.

Today in his village he is an icon and a proud owner of a fishery pond measuring approximately 1 bigha (1333.33 m.sq) which he constructed after receiving support from the Fisheries Department during the year 2009-10 under the scheme "Aquaculture Development for 1000 ponds".

At that time when I was constructing my fishery pond no one was interested in fish farming. But today everybody envies me because of a good income I earn from marketing my fishes. And today I proudly tell my neighbours that "Fish Farming is a good venture and it's never too late to start", he said.

Mr. Washing Marak is a very interesting person because of his very nature of work. When we had gone to investigate his Fishery pond it came to our knowledge that his pond was actually constructed on a hill top and was about 2 kms away from his house. As we started climbing up towards his project site, it was very steep and we were very much exhausted and we thought to ourselves as to how he could have constructed his pond. But when we reached there and to our amazement it was a beautifully constructed pond. He feeds his fishes thrice daily with locally available raw materials like tapioca leaves, banana leaves, and remains of house hold items like rice, vegetables etc. He also feeds his fish with larvae and eggs of termites. He is now constructing his house next to his Fish Pond.

He is getting a fish production of about 500-600 kg/year.

"I love my fish very much and deeply connected with them. Whenever I catch a big fish and need to sell or give them away I feel very sad because I treat them just like my own", he said

"According to me this is the easiest and finest way of earning money and I urge everybody to take up such opportunities", he said

 

Pond of Smti. Sanmeritha S. Sangma, Songsak Agitokgre - East Garo Hills District

Smti Sanmeritha S. Sangma a resident of Songsak Agitokgre, owns a plot of land formerly used for paddy cultivation. Finding it hard to grow paddy in that field, she decided to convert to a fishery pond. After learning about the scheme Aquaculture Development for 1000 Ponds, she applied to avail subsidy-cum-loan scheme from the department of Fisheries, East Garo Hills Williamnagar.

The government assistance of Rs. 67500/- and loan amount of Rs. 22500/- and total project cost of Rs. 90,000/- only was granted to construct a fishery pond measuring about 0.3 hectare of water area during 2007-08. The family members of Smti. Sanmeritha S. Sangma were interested, specially her father who devoted most of his time for the development of the farm, doing all the regular activities of feeding and management besides supervising the project. On account of the sincere efforts made by them, they were able to sell more than 200 kg of fish every year, earning about Rs. 30,000/- by selling at a rate of Rs. 150/- per kg as an annual income. This being one of the income generating projects to the family besides the other sources, annual income has increased and they are able to educate their children.

 

Pond of Smti. Chongme Momin, Dekachang - East Garo Hills District

Smti. Chongme Momin, a resident of Dekachang, is a fish farmer and her pond is located at Dekachang village. She availed subsidy-cum-loan scheme from the department of Fisheries, East Garo Hills Williamnagar in the year 2007-08. She received a subsidy amount of Rs. 54,000/- and the loan amount of Rs. 18,000/- and the total project cost being Rs. 72,000/- only for the construction of her fishery pond which measures about 0.2 hectare of water area during 2007-08. With this government assistance Smti Chongme Momin has dug out a pond at her own plot of land. After the completion of the pond she released about 2000 nos. of fingerlings as per the guidance of the Fishery Demonstrator. After the end of one year she harvested and has disposed of about 120 kg of table size fish which she was able to sell @ Rs. 150/- per kg per fish and got a profit of about Rs. 18,000/- in one year. This is being one of the income generating project to the family besides other sources it adds to their annual income to support their family and educate children.

Pond of Smti. Christy Ch. Momin, Resubelpara - East Garo Hills District

Smti. Christy Ch. Momin, a resident of Resubelpara, is now a fish farmer. She availed subsidy-cum-loan scheme from the Department of Fisheries, East Garo Hills Williamnagar in the year 2008-09. The government assistance provided to her was Rs. 54,000/- and the loan component was Rs. 18,000/- and the total project cost being Rs. 72,000/- only was granted to construct her fishery pond measuring about 0.2 hectares of water area during 2008-09. With this government assistance Smti. Christy Ch. Momin dug out a fish pond at her own plot of land. After the completion of the pond she released about 2000 nos. of fingerlings in her pond as per guidance of the Fishery Demonstrators as well as Officers concerned. At the end of one year she harvested about 100 kg of table sized fish which she was able to sell @ of Rs. 150/- per kg and got a profit of about Rs. 15,000/- in one year. Now she is a regular fish farmer and has plans to take it to the next level.

 

Pond of Shri Morning Shylla, Mawpud Village - South West Khasi Hills District

Shri Morning Shylla, a poor fish farmer from Phlangkynshi village, 35 kms away from Mawkyrwat, South West Khasi Hills District, is a recipient of 1000 Ponds scheme 2005-06. Prior to receiving financial assistance from the Department, Shri Morning Shylla was already engaged in fish culture. But he had a very small pond. He could not expand the water area due to financial constraints and the pond management too was very poor as he did not get any scientific training. However, after receiving the assistance from the department, he could expand the water area of his pond and with the scientific training he received, he began managing his pond efficiently. He is now getting additional income from his pond which gives him a harvest of 300 - 350 kgs amounting to Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000 annually. He invests money in pond management and in the purchase of fish feed. Shri Morning Shylla, is now upgrading his fish culture practices and is entering into the domain of breeding of carps. He received fairly good results and the fingerlings are being sold to local fish farmers. Through his fish project, he is able to provide employment to the youth of his village.

 

Pond of Shri Rojendro Marngar, Mawten Village - South West Khasi Hills District

Located at a distance of 10 kms from Mawkyrwat is the fishery pond of Shri Rojendro Marngar at Mawten village. The project was assisted by the department under the 1000 Pond scheme, 2008-09. The pond is at a distance of 1.5 kms from the nearest road. The pond is well managed by Shri Marngar's son, Shri Wonderful Lyngkhoi (in picture). The site is surrounded on all sides by beautiful hillocks and it is a very picturesque location. The project is able to provide employment to local youth in guarding and pond maintenance. Fish harvested from the pond are sold to the local villagers. The fish production from this pond is around 300 - 350 kgs per year and an income of Rs. 30,000 is generated approximately. The amount realised adds to the income of the family.

 

Pond of Smti. Jopsydalin Wanniang, Mawpud Village - South West Khasi Hills District

Smt Jopsydalin Wanniang of Mawpud village, South West Khasi Hills District, is a recipient of the 1000 Pond scheme in 2006-07. After receiving the assistance from the department, Smt Jopsydalin Wanniang worked hard on the fishery project aided by her late husband Shri B. Snaitang. The pond is located at Puksora village, 95 kilometers from Mawkyrwat, about 120 kms from Shillong. Termite eggs are used to feed the fish in her pond besides the feed she purchased from the market. The project not only relieved the financial constraints of the family but is also able to provide employment to few local youths in guarding and maintaining the pond. Most of the harvest is sold to the locals in the village market.

 

Pond of Shri Koming Ingtih, Khulia Village - Ri-Bhoi District

The Project is located about 45 km from Nongpoh, the District Headquarter. The Department rendered assistance under "Aquaculture Development 1000 Ponds" during 2006-07. The total amount received was Rs. 79,200/- for construction of water area of 0.22 ha. Shri Ingtih mentioned that the amount sanctioned from the Department was not sufficient to meet the total expenditure for construction. The total expenditure was Rs. 1,50,000/- including his own contribution. The Department supplied 2,000 fish fingerlings that he stocked in 2007. He does harvesting fish only when he needs money.

Based on the experience he gained in fish culture he encourages the other villagers to start fish culture.

 

Pond of Shri Weris Talang, Umlangpur Village - Ri-Bhoi District

The Project was assisted under the 1000 Ponds Scheme during 2007-08. The Project was completed in January 2008 and 2,000 fish fingerlings were given to him by the Department as inputs. The distance of Killing Village from District Headquarter is 40 km The Department has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 72,000/- out of which Rs. 54,000/- was subsidy and Rs. 18,000/- was Bank Loan for construction of fish pond of 0.20 ha.

The total water area of fish pond of Shri Weris Talang is now about 1.2 ha. Additional water area was brought into with his own contribution.

From the first harvest during the year 2009-2010, he got around more than 3,000 kg of fish and sold them at the rate of Rs. 100/- per kg and realized an amount of Rs. 3,00,000/-.

From his second harvest during the year 2010-2011 he got around 2,500 kg of fish and sold them at the rate of Rs. 100/- per kg and realized an amount of Rs. 2,50,000/- and through anglers who came to fish in his ponds he earned more than Rs. 50,000/-.

From his third harvest (2011-2012), he got more than 2,000 kg of fish and sold them at the rate of Rs. 120/- per kg and received an amount of more than Rs. 2,40,000/-. After the third harvest he decided not to allow anglers to fish on his pond as he wanted to concentrate only on harvesting so that he can earn more.

From the money he earned, he has been able to pay the salaries of the 2 workers he has employed to work on his ponds by giving them monthly salary of Rs. 6,000/- each. He has also been able to buy the fish feed, etc. He has also been able to support his family and been able to send his children to schools and colleges.

He wants to build retaining walls for the six fish ponds to ward off crabs. He also wanted to convert his fish farm into an Aqua Park. He requests the Government to assist him financially and technically so he can increase the fish production further and thereby meet the demand for fish in the State.

 

Pond of Smti. Matilda Suting, Mawiambei Village - Ri-Bhoi District

The Fishery Project of Smt. Matilda Suting is located at Mawiambei 10 km away from Liarbang Village and 80 km from Nongpoh, the district headquarters. The water area of the Project was 0.30 ha. during the year of implementation. The Project was assisted by the Government under the Scheme "Aquaculture Development 1000 Ponds" during the year 2007-08.

The construction work was completed in January 2009 and fingerlings were released. The Department supplied 3,000 fingerlings as inputs. During the year 2010-11, the farmer harvested about 35 kg and sold to the villagers in her own compound at the rate of Rs. 150/- per kg and earned Rs. 5,250/- for the first time. In the 2nd year the farmer harvested 50 kg and sold at the rate of Rs. 150/- per kg and earned Rs. 7,500/-. This sale encouraged her to expand the pond. The profit to her during the year 2010-11 was about Rs. 50,000/-. The farmer harvests whenever there is a need, to meet contingencies such as school fees, purchase of medicines, repairing works, etc. This project at present has a water area of 0.40 ha.

Smt. Suting is quite interested in fish farming and maintained the pond well, such as jungle clearance, weed clearance, manuring of the pond, etc.

 

Pond of Smti. Ridalin Laloo, Syad Village - Ri-Bhoi District

The Fishery Project of Smti. Ridalin Laloo is located at Syad Village under Umsning C&RD Block. It was assisted under the Scheme "Aquaculture Development 1000 Ponds" 2007-2008. The Project covers a water area of 0.20 ha.

Fish harvested from the Pond are being sold in the local market at the rate of Rs. 100/- to Rs. 150/- per kg. The beneficiary had harvested the fish three times after re-stocking of each harvest. The fourth harvest is tentatively during the month of June 2013 but the beneficiary is considering harvesting and marketing at the Fish Festival proposed to be held at Umsning.

To enhance fish growth, the beneficiary constructed a pig sty near the pond and the waste from the pig sty serve as food for fishes. Thus the Project serves as an integrated one where output of one activity serves as an input to the other. The beneficiary engaged one person for this purpose at the rate of Rs. 1,500/- per month. The pigs (5-6) nos. per batch is being reared for 5-6 months after which they are sold.

The farmer gets dual benefits both from the sale of fishes and pigs. With this, the farmer could repay the loan component due to MCAB Ltd. Umsning Branch even before the scheduled time. As the land area is available, the beneficiary wants to increase the number of ponds to increase her income. She now applies for more financial assistance from the concerned authority.