A three-day training in ornamental fish breeding and culture was organised for 40 women recently at Thirukkalur under the Establishment of Fisheries Rural Bio-resource Complex project funded by the Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi.
The training programme was organised by Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), a constitutent of TANUVAS, Chennai. V.K. Venkataramani, Director of Research and Extension, emphasised that ornamental fish culture and breeding activities would improve the socio-economic status of women.
Ornamental fish culture business would not require high investment; even with a meagre initial investment of Rs. 500 to Rs.1,000, women could start a venture.
The FCRI had initiated a marketing tie-up with ornamental fish wholesalers for buying the fish from the village itself.
P. Padma, Block Development Officer, Thirukkalur, said that the village would soon become an ornamental fish breeding centre of Tuticorin region since the water resources were good.
There were demonstrations on ornamental fish breeding, preparation of pelleted feed using household kitchenware, construction of glass tank with silicon paste, monitoring of water quality and transportation of fish in polythene bags.
N. Felix and K. Ratnakumar were the programme coordinators.