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Odisha: Pisciculture gives new lease of life to women in Odisha's Kendrapara villages by Ashis Senapati January 24,2020   |  Source: The New Indian Express

There has been an inspiring transformation in the lives of women of Pegarapada in Rajkanika block. In just two years, the women who used to toil from dawn to dusk to make ends meet have been freed from their drudgery and standing proud as micro-entrepreneurs. The village women have formed a self-help group called Baba Jaleswar and taken to pisciculture in the village pond. By rearing popular fish breeds and selling the catch they are now earning money with dignity of enterprise. Secretary of the SHG, 38-year-old Anjali Sethi said the group was formed in 2018 under Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana. They cleaned the village pond and started rearing fish with technical and financial assistance from the State Fisheries Department. The members shoulder responsibilities of feeding the fish every day, monitoring growth, managing release of fingerlings into the pond, and selling the fish, etc.

“Women sell fish caught from the pond and this has helped them become financially independent. They no longer ask for money from their husbands and more importantly, are contributing to family income,” Anjali said. Similar success stories are being scripted in many other villages of the district. Laxmipriya Mallick, the secretary Mahaveer Women SHG at Entalapur village in Garadapur block too

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