Orissa to promote backyard ponds for pisciculture

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 8 (UNI) In a bid to increase fish production and meet the growing demand of fish in Orissa, the state government was considering to popularise the concept of backyard or kitchen ponds for pisciculture in rural areas Orissa has several species which fit the concept of backyard fish culture like Magur, grass carp, singhi in addition to Indian major and minor carps, Secretary to Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Hrushikesh Panda said here today.

A small pond at the backyard could easily meet a family's demand of fish without involving any recurring cost except the one time purchase of fish seed, he said.

The ponds could also be used for rearing fish seed, breeding and raising ornamental fish which would contribute to family's income Mr Panda said the scheme would be implemented on a pilot basis and subsequently would be extended to other places if succeeded.

This was one of the series of recommendations made by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to increase the fish production in the state, he said adding the government would formulate a fish policy within one and half months based on the suggestions made by the UNDP.

Mr Panda said the UNDP was asked to give its suggestions to enhance the fish production in the state as the fish production was low in comparison to the national average.

The government would take the best suggestions of the UNDP, which had already submitted its recommendations and formulate its policy within 45 days, he said.

The vision 2020 paper, prepared by the UNDP, was aimed at augmenting the fish production from the present level of 15 kg per hectare to 25 kg per hectare by 2012, 50 kg by 2017 and 100 kg by 2020 and providing a sustainable alternative livelihood to the poor.

The report suggested promotion of culture-based capture fisheries in rivering systems, management of reservoirs through public-private partnership, fisheries cooperatives, self help groups and reassessment of the aqua culture resources of the state with the help of remote sensing, GIS mapping and ground data.

Promotion of post-harvest facilities, organic fish farming propagation of air breathing fish culture through transfer of technology to acquaculture creation of fish seed village in each block for fish seed production and supply were the other recommendations made by UNDP.

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