Odisha Fisheries Minister Arun Sahoo mentioned the federal government was making an attempt to extend fish manufacturing within the state.
He mentioned the state produced 2.60 lakh MT of fish in 2019-20, whereas it was 8.73 lakh MT over the past monetary 12 months.
“… we’re planning to enhance the fish manufacturing within the state,” the minister mentioned.
Sahoo mentioned to enhance fish manufacturing in Hirakud reservoir the state authorities has undertaken cage fish tradition within the reservoir.
The Fisheries minister visited the Hirakud Dam on Friday to assessment cage fish farming within the reservoir.
“Cage tradition is being undertaken within the Hirakud Dam reservoir. The progress of the work, in addition to the brand new prospects, was reviewed,” the minister mentioned.
He added that cage tradition programme was getting into a correct approach on the Hirakud reservoir.
Within the course of, fishes are cultured from cages, that are typically enclosed on all sides by nets, apart from leaving a gap on the prime for feeding and dealing with the inventory.
Sahoo mentioned the state produced 2.60 lakh MT of fish in 2019-20, whereas it was 8.73 lakh MT over the past monetary 12 months.
In line with official sources, a coverage choice was taken final 12 months beneath the initiative to provide one per cent of the water space of the 4 massive reservoirs, together with the Hirakud , in addition to as many medium reservoirs of the state for cage fish farming.
Within the first part, 0.1 per cent of the water space at Hirakud has been opened for lease, however 15,000 cages could possibly be put in on the reservoir if the proposed one per cent space could possibly be given on lease.
The Fisheries Division began cage fish farming in Hirakud Dam Reservoir in 2013 by putting in 28 cages. Later, 50 extra cages had been put in within the reservoir in 2019.
Round 2 lakh MT of fish could possibly be produced from the cage fish farming within the state. Therefore, the federal government now desires to encourage cage fish farming.
An official mentioned 90 per cent of the inhabitants of the state eat fish of their common weight-reduction plan.
Furthermore, two species — tilapia and Pangasius — could possibly be produced in cage tradition, which have export potential. Tilapia is excessive on demand within the US, Europe and Southeast Asian nations, he mentioned.
Sahoo mentioned that the state authorities was additionally laying thrust on early breeding.
A goal has been set to supply 30 crore fingerlings from early breeding and 20 crore fingerlings from regular breeding within the fish seed hatchery centre at Chiplima in Sambalpur district, he added.