Thursday, 20 February 2014

A permanent livelihood for Siddi families’

Confirming to a report presented by the Union Ministry of Agriculture, it has brought into attention that one of the country’s biggest commercial sea cage farm initiated in April 2013 has approximately produced 2.5 tonnes of lobsters.  The project partnered by both Siddi and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), was first commenced amongst the ancient African settlers, the Siddi community near Somnath in Gujarat. Around 20 Siddi families established a society with an endeavor to jointly work in the farm as partners. The revenue generated from 2.5 tonnes of lobsters rounded to about Rs. 26 lakh. In the forthcoming months, a second crop of lobsters in planned to be raised furnishing an equivalent amount of production and revenue. A senior ICAR official commented, “The programme has empowered Siddi families’ permanent livelihood from hunger to an income of about Rs. 15,000 month for 20 families in this phase.”

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