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Assam: Darrang youth quits private job to concentrate on fish farming by Mayukh Goswami July 28,2020   |  Source: Northeast Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many jobless across the country, thereby aggravating the unemployment scenario. However, there are still many hardworking and determined educated youths who have become a ray of hope for several jobless youths, showing them the way to become self-reliant and earn more than their earlier jobs. Rituraj Bhagawati of Balipota village under Lakhimpur Panchayat in Darrang district is one such youth quit his earlier job as a medical representative against a monthly salary of more than Rs 30,000 to turn himself as a scientific fish grower and earn more than Rs 6 lakh over a year.

He hails from the village where fish farming has been practised traditionally and there are a couple of successfully run community fisheries like Lakhimpur Meen Mahal and Suri Pukhuri Meen Mahal. Even Rituraj’s father practised fish production traditionally. However, Rituraj was interested in this traditional way of fish farming as its outcome was very limited. But things changed for him when he met Jyoti Prabhat Duarah, Fishery Development Officer of Darrang after one of their traditional ponds was selected for fish polyculture demonstration under World Bank aided Assam Agri-Business and Rural Transformation Project (APART).

“The meeting with Duarah was the turning

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