TINSUKIA, Nov 12 � Hem Chandra Gogoi, a farmer from the Lakhimi Pathar village under the Borjia Gaon Panchayat, a remote area in Santipur on the north bank of the Sadiya subdivision in Tinsukia district, started a fishery in 1990 on three bighas of land.
Though he prospered in the fishery business by catering to the demands in nearby Arunachal Pradesh, he faced problems while procuring fingerlings. Gogoi approached the District Fishery Development Office through its subdivisional office at Chapakhowa. He was granted Rs 1.58 lakh under the Assam Agriculture Competitiveness Project (AACP) in year 2006-07 to start a hatchery to produce fingerlings. His own fishery was expanded to about 10 bighas of land.
Through his twin business in producing fish like rahu, bahu, mirika, carp, etc., and fingerlings, Gogoi now earns nearly Rs 2 lakh every year as profit alone. He said that he gets good prices in Arunachal Pradesh for his fish. With the production of fingerlings in his hatchery, Gogoi has helped other fishery farmers of the area and some others in Arunachal Pradesh.