CMFRI extends support to SC families for Biofloc fish farming of Genetically Improved Farm Tilapia (GIFT) under SCSP scheme
In a major attempt to transform the lives of scheduled caste families in Cheranellur, Ernakulam, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) extended support to the SC community to help them become self-reliance entrepreneurs through innovative biofloc fish farming on 26.11.2021.
The CMFRI provided to members of five SC families in the area with all the necessary support to launch a biofloc fish farming unit under the scheme of Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP). The self-help group named ‘Sreelakshmi’ with these families as members began the aquaculture practice by stocking 1800 Genetically Improved Farm Tilapia (GIFT) seeds into a 5 diameter biofloc tank set up adjacent to their households. CMFRI’s assistance includes basement work, setting up of the tank with a volume of 23,500 litres of water and related facilities like aeration system, fish seeds, feeds and scientific and technical guidance. The self-help group will be able to earn an income of at least Rs. 1.35 lakh from 8-month-long farming period, within which the fish will attain weight of 300 to 500g. Biofloc technology is a scientific method for high-density fish farming in a controlled environment in which fish wastages are converted into useful nutrients. The system is also integrated with horticulture crops to utilize the fish waste as fertilizers.
Under the SCSP scheme of the CMFRI, the cage fish farming is being undertaken by members of the SC community across the country, and biofloc farming is aimed to extend the benefits of this scheme to those who do not have access to open coastal waters and brackish water bodies for cage fish farming. This innovative biofloc fish farming is underway in Palakkad, Thrissur, Idukki, Kottayam and Kollam districts under SCSP&TSP scheme with CMFRI’s guidance and harvest were also carried out successfully during the period of covid pandemic.
Cheranellur Panchayat Vice President Smt. Arifa Muhammed, Shri. A N Radhakrishnan, and ward member Ansar V B and officials from CMFRI also attended the function. During the occasion, seed, feed, water testing kits, nets and other accessories were handed over to the beneficiaries. The GIFT seeds were procured from MPEDA’s hatchery in Vellarpadam. CMFRI will monitor and provided guidance at different phases of biofloc fish farming at farmers field on day today
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