Soumili Das, S.S. Dana and Biswarup Saha
The Fish Farmer’s Development Agency (FFDA) was set up in the year 1973-74 to popularize fresh water fish farming in the country. Like other state, FFDA was also implemented in West Bengal for assisting fish farmers in securing bank loan and channelizing the subsidy component, organizing training and Demonstration Centers (DC) for capacity building as well as dissemination of improve fish farming practices. It also provides input such as feed, seed, fertilizer, lime, medicine etc. FFDA schemes have been implemented to increase the production and productivity of inland fisheries. The study was conducted to examine the feedback of FFDA beneficiaries towards the functioning of FFDA in West Bengal. Data were collected from randomly selected 60 beneficiaries of 4 blocks of North 24-Parganas district of West Bengal with the help of structured interview schedule. The result of the study disclosed that majority of the beneficiary (66.67%) perceived that training provided by FFDA was most useful and 72.22 per cent of beneficiaries were highly satisfied by the trainings provided. It was also identified that majority of the beneficiary (57.43%) perceived that adequate credit facilities were extended by the agency. Major constraints perceived by the beneficiaries were occurrence of frequent flood followed by poaching and poisoning of fish, lack of quality fish seed and high cost of supplementary feed.
Keyword: FFDA; Beneficiaries; Constraints; Feedback; Fish farming;