Chetona Fish Hatchery sells 12 varieties of fish spawn to fish nurseries, fish farmers and traders, and is the current market leader in the region, with a great reputation in the local community.
With EDP’s support, the enterprise plans to increase farmers’ and particularly women’s (about 20% of all fish farmers in Kurigram) income and resilience through “modern” fish farming. This includes providing training, supporting subsistence farmers to grow into commercial fish farmers and supporting women’s groups to establish 10 new women-led nurseries by 2019.
Bolon Duck Hatchery uses fertilised eggs to produce day old ducklings, which it sells to local back-yard duck farmers (75% women), commercial farmers, and traders from adjacent districts. Currently, the hatchery produces and markets 180,000 ducklings per year. With EDP’s support, the enterprise will provide training and support for up to 300 local backyard farmers. It will also support up to 100 women entrepreneurs to go from backyard farmers (typically with 15 ducks) to commercial duck farmers (about 150 ducks). Bolon Duck Hatchery will then buy back their eggs at a good price (above the market price), eliminating market uncertainty and volatility.