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Cage cultivation of fishes giving 4 lakh profit; Secretary Fisheries visits farmers

01 March 2024, Ranchi: Getalsud Reservoir located in Ranchi, Jharkhand is a hub for cage culture for Pangasius and Tilapia fish species. Fish farmers practicing cage culture from sixteen surrounding villages are members of fisheries cooperative societies. They use GI pipes or modular cages. Their Average production per cage is 3-4 tons and overall profit is more than Rs.4 lakhs per annum with reservoir cage culture.

Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi visited Getalsud Dam in Ranchi, Jharkhand to review the progress of cage farming. This initiative was undertaken in collaboration with the Jharkhand Department of Fisheries.

Cage culture was initiated in 2012-13 and has seen significant success with 365 cages installed under the Blue Revolution, RKVY, and PMMSY. These cages cultivate Tilapia and pangasiu. The critical activity of reservoir stocking with 25 lakh fingerlings annually was accomplished to enhance the fish population. The market linkage is already established as the locally produced fish is sold in the nearby market. The fishermen sell it at an average price of Rs. 120.00/kg, contributing to the economic well-being of the region.

Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, during his visit, interacted with cage fish farmers to understand their issues and challenges.  He highlighted the immense potential of India’s vast reservoir resources, estimated at 32 lakh hectares that are currently underutilized for fish production. 

Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries Scheme launched by the Department of Fisheries, from 2015-16 to 2019-20 approved a total of 14,022 cages. At a total project cost of Rs. 420 crores 44,908 units of cages have been approved under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) with a total project cost of Rs.1292.53 crore.

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