Fish forms an essential component of the diet of people in Assam. It caters to the protein needs of the local population. Assam, being naturally endowed with water bodies, offered immense scope for sh production, and ever-increasing demand for sh often outstripped the supply.
Sensing a good potential in fish cultivation Dr. Jeherul Islam (35), a veterinarian by profession from Guwahati, Assam decided to go in for it. He says, “I always harboured the thought of establishing an activity which contributed to the food security and nutritional needs of my people in Assam”.
It was at this juncture that he heard of the Agri-Clinics and Centers (AC&ABC) Scheme, and the training being imparted by Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP), Guwahati, as part of this programme. He joined the training programme and completed his two-month residential training.
He says, “This training not only awakened the entrepreneurial spirit in me but also helped me learn a host of subjects related to business i.e. Accounting, detailed project report (DPR) preparation, marketing etc.” He started with a small, self-designed sh culture project in the rural district Kamrup.
The significant harvest he obtained boosted his confidence so much that he decided to expand further. He says, “Towards that end, I prepared a DPR, with an outlay of Rs 5 lakh, and got it sanctioned from the Assam Gramin Vikash Bank, Panjabari Branch, Guwahati, and registered my venture as DE JM VETS in the year 2014”.
From that humble beginning, DE JM VETS, within a span of one year, has achieved an annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 lakh.
The firm also provides direct employment to six skilled workers who provide technical inputs and extension services to farmers.
Besides providing training on sustainable aquaculture, the rm also helps interested farmers in sourcing fingerlings, seedlings, the supply of commercial feeds, additives, healthcare products, trading, trade linkages development, water sample testing, disease diagnosis and treatment advices etc.