GUWAHATI, Nov 18 � Under the Assam Agricultural Competitiveness Project (AACP), more and more rural and marginal farmers are taking up various income generation activities that have transformed their social status.
According to a government official, a large number of marginal farmers have evinced keen interest in taking up integrated fishery as an optional livelihood means, motivated by the success stories of other fish farmers in the State.
�The main objective of the AACP is to stimulate the growth of Assam�s agrarian economy with the participation of the rural landless, small and marginal farmers. We have many success stories under the AACP,� said the official, mentioning that eight marginal farmers of the Bangsar area under the Sualkuchi Development Block, Kamrup district, have been able to improve their standard of living under the project after forming a common interest group.
It may be mentioned here that all these fish farmers had achieved less than 1 tonne production per year before they were covered by the project. As project beneficiaries, these farmers started producing more than three tonne fish per year. Theirs was an integrated pig fish farming and they could expand their area of fish farming within two years.
� The integrated approach to fish farming is among the most profitable farming system under the agro-climatic conditions of the State,� said the official, urging the unemployed youths of the State to adopt integrated fish farming.