Jharsuguda, Jan 18: Fish farming has turned into a profitable business for scores of women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in Jharsuguda district of Odisha.
The state government is providing financial help to interested SHGs and tribals under Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC).
As many as 34 beneficiaries of the OMBADC are farming fish in 68 biofloc tanks in the district. Similarly, 27 beneficiaries have dug pond in 22.15 acres of land and 168 SHGs are engaged in fish farming in panchayat ponds.
The directorate of fisheries is providing free training and technical support for farming.
Besides, the OMBADC is funding for animal husbandry. Several beneficiaries have taken up goat farming and poultry farming under the livelihood programme of OMBADC.
Kurujangha village SHG member Basanti Kala said, “Earlier, we were engaged in traditional jobs. Now we have taken up fish farming with the help of OMBADC and earning a good profit.”