The concept of fish farming has brought a revolution in landlocked state of Manipur. One person who has completely brought about blue revolution in the state is Soibam Surchandra, proprietor of ... more
The concept of fish farming has brought a revolution in landlocked state of Manipur. One person who has completely brought about blue revolution in the state is Soibam Surchandra, proprietor of Surchandra's S Tomba and Sons Penba Farm- the largest producer of Pengba fish in the state. Apart from supplying the fish in the state, the farmer also exports 'pengba' and 'Ngatonto' to neighboring states like Nagaland, Assam, Mizoram and Tripura. Having acquired a diploma in Fishery Science from Mumbai, Surchandra came back to Manipur and took over his family's 11 hectare fish farming business. His farm was established at Hiyangthang Mamang Leikai in 1981. He began rearing Pengba in mid 80s.Due to his sheer hard work and utter determination, Surchandra's farm has only seen sharp rise in fish production. His farm has also provided employment opportunities to a number of youth in his village. Today, Surchandra's farm produces 40-45 metric tons of fish, earning an annual turnover of Rs 40-45 lakhs. According to him, diseases are the only biggest threat in the fish farming. Surchandra has successfully produced 35,000 kgs of indigenous fish at his Pengba farm.
He also rears other varieties of fish in his farm and wishes to rear species indigenous to the state, which are on the verge of extinction. Surchandra procured Pengba from Loktak Lake in 1984-85 and began breeding the fish species. Surchanda's efforts have not only helped in conservation of the rare species of fish but have also less