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Odisha govt trying to increase fish production: Minister

Odisha govt trying to increase fish production: Minister
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Sambalpur, Jul 17 (PTI) Odisha Fisheries Minister Arun

Sahoo said the government was trying to increase fish

production in the state.

He said the state produced 2.60 lakh MT of fish in

2019-20, while it was 8.73 lakh MT during the last financial

year.

"... we are planning to augment the fish production in

the state," the minister said.

Sahoo said to augment fish production in Hirakud

reservoir the state government has undertaken cage fish

culture in the reservoir.

The Fisheries minister visited the Hirakud Dam on

Friday to review cage fish farming in the reservoir.

"Cage culture is being undertaken in the Hirakud Dam

reservoir. The progress of the work, besides the new

possibilities, was reviewed," the minister said.

He added that cage culture programme was going in a

proper way at the Hirakud reservoir.

In the process, fishes are cultured from cages, which

are generally enclosed on all sides by nets, except for

leaving an opening at the top for feeding and handling the

stock.

Sahoo said the state produced 2.60 lakh MT of fish in

2019-20, while it was 8.73 lakh MT during the last financial

year.

According to official sources, a policy decision was

taken last year under the initiative to give one per cent of

the water area of the four big reservoirs, including the

Hirakud , besides as many medium reservoirs of the state for

cage fish farming.

In the first phase, 0.1 per cent of the water area at

Hirakud has been opened for lease, but 15,000 cages could be

installed at the reservoir if the proposed one per cent area

could be given on lease.

The Fisheries Department started cage fish farming in

Hirakud Dam Reservoir in 2013 by installing 28 cages. Later,

50 more cages were installed in the reservoir in 2019.

Around 2 lakh MT of fish could be produced from the

cage fish farming in the state. Hence, the government now

wants to encourage cage fish farming.

An official said 90 per cent of the population of the

state eat fish in their regular diet.

Moreover, two species -- tilapia and Pangasius --

could be produced in cage culture, which have export

potential. Tilapia is high on demand in the US, Europe and

Southeast Asian countries, he said.

Sahoo said that the state government was also laying

thrust on early breeding.

A target has been set to produce 30 crore fingerlings

from early breeding and 20 crore fingerlings from normal

breeding in the fish seed hatchery centre at Chiplima in

Sambalpur district, he added. PTI CORR HMB AAM

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