Young entrepreneurs reap success in fish farming; Monthly income lakhs, recognition...

Young entrepreneurs reap success in fish farming; Monthly income lakhs, recognition on Women’s Day


  • Raji George and Smija MB write success stories in fish farming
  • The monthly income of both is lakhs
  • Fish and vegetable cultivation

Kochi: Raji George and Smija MB from Ernakulam are writing the success story of women empowerment in the fisheries sector. Both are notable for their financial success as self-employed in integrated farming and aquaculture, including aquaculture. The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) will honor the two on International Women’s Day for their outstanding management skills along with scientific farming practices.

Raji George, a native of Angamaly, has excelled as an entrepreneur by combining fish and vegetable farming, poultry-duck-cattle rearing and fodder farming. After training with CMFRI and Ernakulam Agricultural Science Center, he started his entrepreneurial endeavor by setting up a fish farming unit ‘Anna Aqua Farm’ in a 60 feet deep granite quarry. Fish such as tilapia, squid, catfish, rohu and mrigal are kept in eight cages at Anna Aquapham.

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Fish is sold through home delivery and social media. In addition, there is a vegetable garden called ‘Anna Agro Farm’. The main crops grown at Anna Agro Farm are tomatoes, eggplant, chillies, carrots, ginger, turmeric, cauliflower, cabbage and kappa. Raji also raises chickens, quails, ducks, cows and goats in his backyard. Resignation George sought CMFRI approval for proving women empowerment by making economic gains through sustainable farming.

Smija MB, a native of Moothakunnam, is honored for finding a successful career in aquaculture and becoming a promoter of aquaculture among the natives. Nest cultivation is done in Periyar. Smija also leads the Periyar Activity Group, a self-help group. Smija started aquaculture with the training of CMFRI.

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For Smija’s leadership in expanding aquaculture by forming numerous communities with the participation of women. There are about 60 aquaculture units operating in Periyar under the leadership of Smija so that many families can earn an income. In addition to being involved in nest farming, Smija also finds time to train others.

Both are honored by the Women’s Cell at CMFRI. Director Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan will felicitate the two at a function to be held at CMFRI on the occasion of March 8 Women’s Day. Actress Subi Suresh will be the chief guest. Dr. Miriam Paul Shriram and Dr. Sandhya Sukumaran will address the function.


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