Agri-preneurship by Adopting Fishery based Integrated Farming System: A Success Story of Mr. BijuKalita

Mayuri Bora, Sonmoina Bhuyan, Manabendra Bharali, Himadri S. Datta and Manashi Chakravarty

Abstract


The present study was conducted to find out the profitability of Fishery based Integrated Farming System and
exploring the journey of a person from an ordinary farmer to a well-known agri-preneur. Case study method was
followed for conducting the study. The study was conducted in Nalbari district of Asssam in a farm. BijuKalita’s
Fishery based integrated farm has five components i.e. fishery, piggery, horticulture, duckery and dairy covering
around 4 hectares area. His annual gross return is 33.35 lakhs in the year 2016-17, as compared to Rs. 1.5 lakh in
2006 and Rs. 5 lakh during 2013. This fishery based Integrated Farming Approach contributes to both economic
and environmental sustainability and has created several on and off farm jobs. Thus Mr. Kalita has been providing
livelihood security to the workers of the farm. The gross Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of the farm is 1.81. The highest
BCR among the five components is horticulture sector followed by fishery. The highest contribution in terms of
income is from fishery sector which is 59.63 per cent of the total income followed by piggery.

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