Indian Council of Agricultural Research


Relief from COVID struggle- SC families in Kerala village reap good profit from cage fish farming


Relief from COVID struggle: SC families in Kerala village reap good profit from cage fish farming


Bumper harvest of Pearl Spot in ICAR-CMFRI’s scheme for SC community


In a major relief from a harrowing time of struggle to meet their livelihood due to the pandemic, a group of fish farmers from the scheduled caste community in Maradu, Ernakulam has reaped good profit through a bumper harvest of pearl spot (E.suratensis) on 11th August 2021 from their cage fish farming venture.


A self-help group named ‘Puzhayoram’ in Maradu recorded a yield of 600 kg of pearl spot from a 5x5m square-sized cage fish installed in Maradu-Nettoor backwaters. The cage farming was part of a special programme of the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) for the SC community.  The harvest was inaugurated by Adv. Reshmi Sanil, Vice chairperson Marad Muncipality. 


The harvested fish was completely sold out on the spot itself and the SC families in the region reaped a profit of Rs. 2,73000 from a 10-month long farming that started in October last year by stocking 2000 seeds of pearl spot.  The fish attained a growth rate of average 380g with 95% of survival rate and the fishes sold out for Rs. 450 per kg, he said.


As part of the programme, the ICAR-CMFRI had provided the group with cage, seeds, feed for the entire farming period and other ancillary facilities for free of cost and the researchers from the institute guided the farmers during all the phases of the farming.


With no income and unemployment, the Covid-19 pandemic and following lockdown had a cascading effect on the lives of the SC families in the region. “However, the cage farming venture has helped them sustain their livelihood to a certain extent”, said Dr K Madhu, Principal Scientist of the CMFRI and the Principal Investigator of the project. Besides cage farming, pen culture and biofloc fish farming were also in progress for the community in different parts of the state.  


Empowerment of the marginalised

Speaking on the occasion of harvest, Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI said: “The cage farming technology and other fish farming activities of CMFRI have proved its potential to accelerate the pace of development of the SC and ST families, and for their socio-economic development. The institute is always focused on empowering the marginalized section of the society through small-scale enterprises by extending its technologies to them”.


“Many fish farmers in poor backgrounds in the country are greatly benefitted through CMFRI’s SCSP and Tribal Sub Plan programmes which are aimed at mainstreaming the marginalised community. Efforts are also in progress to extend support to the transgender members in SC and ST community in a way that helps them earn a living through cage fish farming and allied activities”, he added.


CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.


This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation  funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.


Name of ICAR-CMFRI appearing in the ICAR Foundation Day Award Ceremony Presentation on 16 July 2020

Malayalam translation of PUTTING FARMERS FIRST released by Government of India

Dr. Kajal Chakraborty, Principal Scientist, Marine Biotechnology Division of ICAR- CMFRI wins the coveted ICAR Norman Borlaug Award for the year 2020

Dr. Kajal Chakraborty, Principal Scientist, Marine Biotechnology Division of ICAR- CMFRI wins the coveted ICAR Norman Borlaug Award for the year 2020.