Bhubaneswar, 13 July 2011
The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with All India Coordinated Research Project on Application of Plastics in Agriculture organized National Workshop on “portable FRP carp hatchery technology” during 11-13 July, 2011. The institute developed a fiberglass reinforced plastic hatchery, as an alternative to concrete hatchery, for production of healthy carp seed. The hatchery system consisting of one breeding pool; one hatching pool; and egg collection chamber and an over head storage tank, can produce 10 lakh carp spawn per operation. The technology was commercialized in 2006 and is available at a price of Rs. 1.0 lakh approximately.
This hatchery is easy to install, operate and it has an added advantage that the unit can be carried to different location as per the requirement of the farmer. This technology is of immense help in producing quality fish seed and ensuring availability of adequate quantity fish seeds to small and marginal farmers all over the country. Till date 126 units have been established in 25 states and the performance of this technology is reported to be encouraging. The three day workshop is organized with the objective of :
- Familiarizing the participants’ with the FRP hatchery and its operations
- Sharing experiences with users, and
- Framing strategy for up gradation and wider disseminations
The workshop is attended by over 100 persons comprising Subject matter specialists working in Krishi Vigyan Kendras; Researchers from agricultural university/ fishery colleges; Farmers/ entrepreneurs and Students. Inaugural session was graced by eminent scientists, academicians and policy planners.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from CIFA, Bhubaneswar)