News18 Malayalam | February 07, 2023, 19:18 IST
Four locations in Kerala have been found to be more suitable
Kochi: The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has set up 146 sites within 10 km from the sea coast for cage fish farming. Codfish farming is planned in 10 km sea limit from the coast. The CMFRI is targeting an annual fish production of 21.3 lakh tonnes from these locations. Four locations in Kerala have been found to be more suitable.
Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan said that the CMFRI has marked 146 designated sites along the Indian coasts that are most suitable for marine aquaculture. Dr Gopalakrishnan explained the plans of CMFRI at the inaugural function of the winter school, which was started with the objective of introducing the mariculture technologies developed by CMFRI to researchers in different parts of the country.
According to the technology developed by CMFRI, three tonnes of fish can be produced in a period of 8 months from a six meter nest. Through this, the farmers can earn an income of Rs.1.5 lakh to Rs.2.5 lakh depending on the fish they cultivate. In addition to aquaculture, seaweed farming, intercropping of fish, seaweed and shellfish technologies have also proven to be helpful in increasing income and empowering coastal residents.
40 to 80 lakh tonnes of production is targeted through mariculture in India. However, the current production is less than one lakh tonnes. Dr Gopalakrishnan said that CMFRI aims to increase this. Director, Central Aquaculture Research Institute (CIBA) Dr Kuldeep K Lal inaugurated the winter school.
He said that researchers should be ready to develop indigenous technologies, including those of indigenous fish. He said that researchers in the field of mariculture should emphasize on technologies to improve the quality of life of common people. 22 researchers from seven states are participating in the 21-day winter school.