NABARD – National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is a development bank established for providing credit to the development of agriculture, small-scale, cottage and village industries in India. NABARD is also deeply involved in sustainable rural development in India. It acts as an advisor to the government, the Reserve Bank of India and other organizations in rural development issues.
NABARD: Model Bankable Projects
NABARD provides credit access to individual farmers that are interested building sustainable businesses. It publishes Model Bankable Projects on the website where it goes in depth into projects that have been proven profitable. Thus if a farmer wishes to implement one of the model bankable projects, NABARD provides relevant information and credit to the farmer.
The Model Bankable Projects are excellent summaries on various projects ranging from Minor Irrigation to Organic Farming.
This example is a good reference for my experiment in growing prawns. The model goes on to explain what it considers as an economical pond size, the costs associated with developing a freshwater prawn culture farm and how long it takes before the project is economical. It also explains other important factors such as water chemical balances, soil conditions, culture periods etc. Essentially these model bankable projects go beyond only economics but form a very good starting point to conduct your research and begin your experiments in freshwater prawn aquaculture.
I highly recommend visiting the NABARD website when you get a chance.