A Study of Profitability and Socio Economic Aspects of Fish Cultivation: A Case Study on Selected Fishermen of West Bengal, India

Sarbapriya Ray


Fish is considered to be a vital source of both food and income to many people in developing countries like India. Fish farming in India is supposed to be the way of connecting the gap in the short fall between total domestic fish production and the total domestic demand.The objective of the present survey based study is to find out the profitability of the selected fisherman from their cultivatable pond of Shyampur area of Howrah district, West Bengal, India and tries to study the socio-economic pattern, lifestyle, educational background as well family profile of the said fishermen.   The result of the study shows that level of education, size of land holding, annual family income from fish culture, etc., are important factors affecting the utilization of pond fish farming. The study shows that there is steady growth of profit of each salesman which is about more than half of sale. The fishermen should be brought under the insurance coverage from protecting them from losses arising out of  natural calamities and should be given amenities on training program, input availabilities, credit facilities and amenities for education so that they can be well responsive of their problems.

Keywords: Fish, cultivation, profitability, socio-economic etc.

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