Barnamala Roy: How did you decide to farm ornamental fish?
Sujata Gure: We had witnessed ornamental fish being successfully farmed at a nearby place, which inspired us to take up the farming. We started the venture in ten earthen vessels ('majla').
B.R.: Which fish did you begin raising first?
Interviewee: Dr. Bijay Kali Mahapatra
Interviewee: Dr. Bijoy Kali Mahapatra
Interviewer: Barnamala Roy
Camera, Editing: Bishwadeep Mitra and Annapurna Banerjee
Barnamala Roy: How did ornamental fish attract your curiosity? Also, why and how did you select ornamental fish farming as your subject of research?
B.K. Mahapatra: In my…
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Ornamental or aquarium fish cultivation, starting out as a pastime, has evolved into a successful aqua-industry. The aquarium fish-keepers, who form the backbone of this industry, have given it the status of the world’s second most popular hobby after photography.
According to Mahapatra,…
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