Salman spends most of his time on the fish farm and is in his current position without any government assistance
Salman Sardar, a young man from Jessore, has become successful in farming ornamental fish which in turn is providing employment opportunities to locals and inspiration to many other entrepreneurs.
Salman's fish farm in Narangali village of Panisara union under Jhikargachha upazila is filled with different types of colourful ornamental fish including goldfish, comet, Koi carp, Oranda goldfish, and Silky Koi carp.
People usually keep these fish in their home aquarium as pets or for decoration purposes.
At the beginning of 2018, Salman bought 60 pieces of aquarium fish from Khulna city for Tk1,500. Now his farm has 30,000 broodfish, more than 100,000 spawn, and more than 300,000 dhani fish.
Salman has a total of 15 ponds in the Narangali, while two more are being dredged.
Salman had started marketing the fish in the middle of 2019. Now, from locals to people from all around the country visit his farm to buy fish and learn his farming methods.
Salman says he has been able to inspire at least 10 entrepreneurs in his village and over a hundred others in other districts so far.
Salman spends most of his time on the fish farm and is in his current position without any government assistance.
Usually buyers prefer goldfish that are 2 inches in length. Goldfish can have a price ranging from Tk20 to Tk200 per piece depending on the breed. Salman says he earns a monthly profit of over Tk1 lakh.
Salman, a law school student, has created employment opportunities for 25 people at his fish farm. Most of the youths working on Salman's farm are mostly college students themselves. They are working here as colleges across the country are closed because of the pandemic.
Salman Sardar, the spirited young man, also serves people with disabilities in his area through his organization “Swapnil Paribar Foundation.” The foundation has been providing food and other necessary supplies to the needy during the pandemic.
He said: “The foundation provides such services using a portion of the revenue from fish farming. I have recently decided to support anyone with a disability wishing to start a fish farm.”
About Salman’s fish farm, Jhikargachha Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer Anwar Kabir said he has heard about the young man cultivating colourful fish in Narangali. “I will visit Salman’s farm in a few days. If Salman wants, we can help him get funds for his business from a World Bank project.
“These ornamental fish could only be imported just a few years ago. And now, these colourful fish produced in the country are meeting the local demand. Very soon we will be able to export these fish to countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.”