CAL Jaljeevika is working in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra to strengthen fishery cooperatives, fisheries related farmer’s producer organizations, and women self-help group.
Apart from community intervention, we are also part of National level forum of Inland fishfarmers “National Platform for Small Scale Fish Workers (Inland)” (http://inlandfishworkersindia.org) towards advocacy for Inland fishery policy in India.
Our programs interventions are on:
Strengthen fishery cooperatives governance; system and democratic process, strengthen decision making process, linkages with market, develop leadership among lead functionaries, introduce market led concept for better functioning of institutions etc.
Training and capacity building
We organize training on technical know-how as well as introducing low cost technologies as our “Science-Farm” approach. We organise training programs on how to build low cost cages, hatchery development, seed rearing and breeding in local Happa, Feed making from local agriculture produces, value added products and on ornamental fishery for cooperative members as well as women Self help group members.
Skill development on how to manage value chain approach from enterprise promotion, business design, business planning, access to government scheme and financial inclusion programs, soft skill like use of software and IT products etc for cooperative leaders and young entrepreneurs.
Research and Advocacy
Fishery and aquatic livelihood sector need continues socio and policy related research and analysis. We are one of the partners for national level forum for Inland fish farmers (http://inlandfishworkersindia.org) through this forum we are engaged for policy advocacy on Inland fishery at national level. Our major research components is going on around how fishery related institutions needs to be strengthen and role of good governance in equitable benefit sharing around members.
There are vast scopes to introduce entrepreneurship around aquaculture. Rural youths, women groups as well as local fishery institutions needs to be developed around value chain enterprises so that optimum utilization of waterbodies can be ensured within policy framework. We introduce concept of aqua entrepreneurs through local NGOs and fishery cooperatives. Entrepreneurship is a journey that needs continuous handholding. CAL Jaljeevika has developed EDP modules that introduces concept of entrepreneurship among rural youths and professionals around Inland fisheries. We believe in concept of “Open source fishery” to promote value chain and enterprises. Open source fishery is a concept to engage with all stakeholders around fishery sector for better networking, market linkages and knowledge dissemination.