BHUBANESWAR: The state government has decided to mobilize the contractors for the installation of 180 circular cages in 60 sub-areas and 264 rectangular cages in 11 sub-areas of Hirakud Reservoir over the next six months.
Meanwhile, 71 contractors have started their field operations after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Fisheries and Animal Resources Development. The installation of cages has been completed in 30 sub-areas.
“As many as 32 cage aquaculture areas encompassing 625 sub-areas have been identified well within national guidelines. Out of these 101 sub-areas have been awarded to local contractors on the basis of Expression of Interest (EoI) invitation,” Deputy Director of Fisheries Biraja Prakash Dwibedi said.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra who visited Sambalpur recently reviewed the progress of cage fish farming in Hirakud Reservoir.
He said the caged fish farming in the reservoir is a successful model and will greatly increase the production of inland freshwater fish in the state.
Appreciating the progress made so far in the fish farming activities, Mahapatra ordered relevant departments to operationalize the joint facility center and the testing laboratory ahead of the mass harvest.
The department has been asked to expedite the fixing of the floating fish landing jetty within a limited time frame.
The Chief Secretary said the Inland Fisheries Research Laboratory will be made functional for Aquaculture Health and Environmental Impact Assessment monitoring.