Mir Mudasar Ramban, December 28:
In a remarkable display of entrepreneurial spirit, 27-year-old Mr. Mohd Irfan from Thopal village in Tehsil Batote, District Ramban, has become a trailblazer in the realm of trout fish farming. Opting for entrepreneurship over traditional employment, Mr. Irfan’s success story is now a beacon of inspiration for the youth throughout the district.
After initially running a Karyana shop in his locality, Mr. Irfan decided to explore new avenues. He applied for a fisherman license from the Fisheries Department, Ramban, attracted by the opportunities presented by the Department’s beneficiary and job-oriented schemes. Under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), he established his trout fish farm in Thopal in the year 2020-21, with the total project cost amounting to Rs. 5.50 lakh and a substantial subsidy of Rs. 2.20 lakh provided by the department.
Sharing his success, Mr. Irfan stated, “I have earned about Rs. 3 lakh annually from fish farming, in addition to managing my shop and engaging in small agricultural activities with the help of my family members.” The demand for Rainbow Trout fish from his farm has been noteworthy, particularly in the local market, with his fresh produce eagerly purchased at a minimum rate of Rs. 500 per kg.
Mr. Irfan’s success extends beyond personal achievement as he envisions expanding his trout fish farming business to generate job opportunities for other family members and local youth. His dedication and hard work not only improved his socio-economic status but also inspired others in the community to consider fish farming as a viable and rewarding occupation.
Acknowledging Mr. Irfan’s success, Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, Baseer-Ul-Haq Chaudhary, directed the Fisheries Department to motivate the youth of the district to start their fish farming units, recognizing the ample potential for Trout Fish Farming in the region.