Farmers in the country usually follow the agricultural practices only after successful practices and inventions set by scientists of government and public sector research institutes and Universities. K. Saseendran, a progressive farmer at Thekkumthara in Kerala's Wayanad district has distinguished himself by setting a model in conserving the endemic and endangered fish varieties of the district to be emulated even by the government institutes.
Saseendran set up the first, and only, hatchery in the district in 2011 to provide fingerlings of edible and ornamental fish to other farmers. He now sells fingerlings of various species of edible and ornamental fishes. Ornamental fisheries has become a lucrative venture for farmers in the recent times. While the Fisheries department and research institutes keep away from efforts to conserve the endemic and endangered fish wealth of the State, Saseendran, a national award winner in inland fisheries in 2013, has taken the bold initiative to breed and propagate the rare fish varieties. He also bagged the state award for the best inland fish farmer in 2011............Read more
Source: The Hindu