Sambalpur: Odisha Fisheries Minister Arun Sahoo said the government is trying to increase fish production in the state.
He said the state produced 2.60 lakh MT of fish in 2019-2020, up from 8.73 lakh MT in the last fiscal year.
“… We are planning to increase fish production in the state,” the minister said.
Sahoo said that to increase fish production in the Hirakud reservoir, the state government has undertaken cage culture in the reservoir.
The Minister of Fisheries visited the Hirakud dam on Friday to examine the cage fish farming in the reservoir.
“Cage farming is underway in the Hirakud dam reservoir. The progress of the work, in addition to the new possibilities, was examined ”, declared the Minister.
He added that the cage breeding program was going well at the Hirakud reservoir.
In the process, the fish are reared in cages, which are usually closed on all sides with netting except to leave an opening at the top for feeding and handling of the stock.
Sahoo said the state produced 2.60 lakh MT of fish in 2019-2020, up from 8.73 lakh MT in the last fiscal year.
According to official sources, a political decision was taken last year as part of the initiative to allocate one percent of the water surface of the four major reservoirs, including the Hirakud, in addition to as many reservoirs. State means to cage fish farming.
In the first phase, 0.1 percent of the water area in Hirakud was opened up for lease, but 15,000 cages could be installed in the reservoir if the proposed 1 percent area could be leased.
The Fisheries Department started cage fish farming in the Hirakud Dam reservoir in 2013 by installing 28 cages. Later, 50 additional cages were installed in the tank in 2019.
About 2 lakh MT of fish could be produced from cage culture in the state. So the government now wants to encourage cage fish farming.
An official said 90 percent of the state’s population ate fish in their regular diet.
In addition, two species – tilapia and Pangasius – could be produced in cages, which have export potential. Tilapia is in high demand in the United States, Europe and countries in Southeast Asia, he said.
Sahoo said the state government is also emphasizing early breeding.
A target has been set to produce 30 crore fry from early spawning and 20 crore fry from normal spawning in the Chiplima Fish Seed Hatchery Center in Sambalpur District, a- he added.