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Aquatic business source of Prasad family income

Now he has more than 35,000 Tilapia in the ponds ready to be harvested.
04 Mar 2019 14:53
Aquatic business source of Prasad family income
Fish farmer Edwin Prasad with his fish outside the Suva market on March 2,2019.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Edwin Prasad has been farming fish for more than a decade now and the venture has been the prime source of livelihood for his family over the years.

The 59-year-old from Vusiya Road, Nausori, had given up his job at a local company to start fish farming.

“I was working, but I had some land and I decided to make better use of it,” Mr Prasad said.

“Right now, I have eight ponds with prawns, goldfish, Tilapia and other varieties of fish.

“I started this business in 2004 and it has enabled me to take care of my family since then.”

Mr Prasad thanked the Ministry of Fisheries for providing him with the technical expertise to grow his farm and business.

Fish farmer Edwin Prasad with his fish outside the Suva market on March 2,2019.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Fish farmer Edwin Prasad with his fish outside the Suva market on March 2,2019.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

“I started out small, but over the years, I have managed to grow the business. Even now I have more than 35,000 Tilapia in the ponds ready to be harvested,” he said.

“It is always difficult in the beginning, but if you have land then you should make full use of it, invest in agriculture.”

With his children married and settled on their own, Mr Prasad said he enjoyed working on the farm and was able to provide for his wife and himself.

He sells fish and prawns from his home in Nausori, but also comes to the Suva Market on Saturdays to sell goldfish.

Edited by Percy Kean

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