Central Island Agriculture Research Institute

Success Stories

Last updated: on 16th October, 2021

Name of the farmer: Smti. Joyshana Rana (28 yrs)
Address: Nayagaon, Port Blair, South Andaman
Phone: 9679506908

Smti Joyshna Rana, A successful poultry farmer

Smti Joyshna Rana, a successful poultry farmer, started backyard poultry in 2015. She had no knowledge on vaccination, housing and feeding of birds. She used to suffer huge economic loss due to high mortality of 40-50%. Her husband is a daily wages labour. She lost interest and quit poultry farming. Her family was in financial crisis and even she could not able to spend money for their children education.

She heard about the fellowship programme of DBT Biotech kisan hub in 2019 and joined training at CIARI for one month under DBT Biotech kisan hub and acquired skill on vaccination, medication, feeding and overall scientific management of rural poultry. Since then, she started practicing as per scientist’s instructions and constructed raised housing for poultry. As per the advice she started vaccinating birds for Ranikhet disease (RD) and Infectious bursal disease (IBD).

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Name of the farmer: Smti. Binitha Singh (26 yrs)
Address: New Wandoor village, South Andaman
Phone: 9933272310

Smti. Binitha Singh , A successful Desi chicks farmer

Smti Binita Singh, 12th pass lady lives in New Wandoor village, South Andaman district in joint family of five members. Her husband is a daily wages labour. She is having a small rice cultivation land (less than one acre).

She was having 15-20 backyard desi birds and thought of increasing the numbers to get some additional income. However, due to non-availability of desi chicks and high mortality in birds due to Ranikhet disease and Infectious bursal disease, she could not able to increase the flock size. During 2019 she contacted ICAR-CIARI and underwent one month training under DBT-Biotech Kisan Hub on poultry farming, mini incubator and goat farming. After gaining knowledge and skills on operation and maintenance of mini incubator for artificial hatching and its establishment under the Biotech kisan hub, she is hatching desi eggs in mini incubator with charging cost of Rs 10 per egg. Her own backyard poultry flock size increased to 50 numbers per month. Presently, she is earning Rs. 2000 to 2400 per month through hiring cost of hatchable eggs in the incubator. Earlier she had no income from backyard poultry that were for home consumption only.

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Name of the farmer: Smti. Rani Anbumalar (46 yrs)
Address: Shoalbay, South Andaman
Phone: 9531879289

Smti Rani Anbumalar , A successful backyard poultry farmer

Smti Rani Anbumalar, a widow with two children residing in a remote village of South Andaman. She has been involved in agricultural activities at very small level and rearing backyard poultry farming. Due to lack of scientific knowledge on poultry farming, she used to suffer huge economic loss.

She joined one month farmers’ fellowship programme and gained knowledge on scientific farming practices of both goat and poultry farming. One mini incubator has been established in her field as demonstration unit for supply of rural poultry chicks to her village. She constructed a shed to establish the mini incubator. After scientific interventions, she has achieved 80-90 % survivability in rural poultry. Using mini incubator, she has increased her rural poultry farm size to 50 birds per month. She has converted the mini incubator unit to incubation center by providing hatching facility to other farmers @ Rs. 15 per egg. She is collecting hatchable eggs from other farmers, hatching them out and selling them @ Rs.100 per chick after two to three weeks after completing two vaccines. She is getting net income of Rs 7000 to 8000 per month through this business. With the net profit she started goat farming with construction of low cost goat shelter and flock of 5 goats and one superior buck.

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Name of the farmer: Smti. Ashima Adhikari (32 yrs)
Address: Dukenagar village, Middle Andaman
Phone: 9434279054

Smti. Ashima Adhikari , A successful farmer from N & M Andaman

Smti. Ashima Adhikari, is a resident of remote village of Dukenagar under North & Middle Andaman district. Her educational qualification is 8th pass. Her husband is doing agriculture with small land (approximately 2 acre). She is staying in joint family of five members.

She is regularly visiting ICAR-KVK, N&M Andaman district for guidance and developed interest on mini incubator as there was crisis for availability of chicks in Nimbudera, N&M Andaman. She had undergone training on operation of mini incubator at Partnering institute of ICAR-KVK, N&M Andaman. After attending training and gaining confidence, a demonstration unit of mini incubator was established in her field. She is utilizing the demonstration unit for hatching of desi chicks and during the last six month she could able to hatched out a total of 52 batches of eggs and 35 farmers have been benefitted in this remote area. Farmers bring desi poultry and duck eggs and use this mini incubator as incubation facility. She is charging Rs.20 per chick/duckling as hatching cost. Through this service, she is earning a net income of Rs. 4500 per month.

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Mushroom cultivation----A farmer converts wastes into nutritious food

The prevailing warm humid climatic conditions of Andaman Islands with high rainfall (about 3000mm) with temperature range of 20-35° C highly favor the cultivation of three types of mushroom species viz., Pleurotus spp (oyster mushroom), Calocybe sp (milky mushroom) and Volveriella sp. (paddy straw mushroom). In order to promote mushroom cultivation in these islands ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair has initiated a project under AICRP. An enterprising farmer from Calicut, South Andaman Mr. Boopalan, was supported with materials and given personal training to begin the activity.He was advised to prepare a thatched shed for oyster mushroom cultivation by Mr.Sakthivel, Scientist, ICAR-CIARI who supervised the technology transfer. He also given demonstration on substrate and mushroom bed preparation later the farmer was supplied with spawn of Pleurotus florida for bed preparation.

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Dedication leads to development: A success story of women farmer

The coastal areas of Andmans suffers from the salinity, water logging and sea water inundation making life and livelihood difficult as in the case of Dashrathpur village, Rangat block, Middle Andaman. After tsunami the constrains for agricultural acivities have multiplied and farmers were left with limited choice and hard labour. This is more worst for Smt. Anjali Sardar w/o Shri.Umesh Sardar of Dashrathpur village. She was left alone after the 2004 Tsunami had wiped out her limited resources and the land become saline and water logged. She survived by rearing goats and putting hard labour in other field. She has been lend a hand by National Agricltural Innovation Project under which a broad bed and furrow system was made in her field in 2011 to help her to begin a new life.

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