Sajal Debberma is a fi sherman of Kok-Borok Tribes of Koiachandbari village of the Jirania Block of est Tripura District of Tripura. He is a progressive fish Farmer who has evolved as an entrepreneur in the NERLP fisheries project of West Tripura. Being a humble and modest person of the Kok-Borok Tribe he uses to rear fish in his traditional ways which he learnt through the livelihood exposure of him in his surrounding traditional community. Sajal Debberma had switched to the fish farming because of the nature of his resources. Half kani (809 sq. meter) of his land had good water availability throughout the year. Sajal Debberma with the help of the society he lives in and a government Projects support had converted his land to a pond for rearing fish as he found fish is sold very costly in local market with above 250/Kg. So with a dream to earn more he reared Rohu, Catla, Mirgal along with common Carp in his pond. With all his eff ort Sajal Debberma could not maximize his return more than twice his investment and thus he was losing interest in fish farming.
At this time Sajal debberma met Mr. Shravan Sarkar the cluster coordinator of SESTA Development Services for the NERLP Project of West Tripura. Sajal debberma shared Mr. Shravan about his problem and then Mr. Shravan visited his pond along with the other members of the Fish producers group of Koiachandbari. Mr. Shravan mapped the livelihood pattern of the community in which Sajal Debberma lived and also he did the resource, skill and other ability mapping of Sajal Debberma’s family , after all of this Mr. Shravan suggested Sajal Debberma to go change the business pattern of rearing fryling into table fish to spawn into frying business in the breeding season of fish and to retain his same business in other season with a change in his faming technique by following a tandard of recommended practice for fish cultivation. Mr. Sajal Debberma followed the same and diversifi ed his grow out table fish business to Nursery fish farming in peak season and grow out table fish business in lean season. Adhering to the SOP had increased his yield twice and his return 2.5 times to his investment, he now also earns a profi t of forty to fi fty thousand a year from his same pond by doing nursery fish seed production too. Last year he inoculated his pond with 3 bati of swan (fish egg) or 120000 pieces of hatchling in which he sold 110000 pieces of fryling at a sell price of 500 Rs per 1000 pieces so he earned a revenue of 55000 Rs leading to a profi t of 41400 Rs. only. Sajal Debberma happily shares his experience of his business growth through SDS’s technical guidance under NERLP project. He now devotes his energy to train his other fellow community members to rear fish in this new process of doing business.