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Odisha: Govt To Promote Cage Culture Fisheries In Hirakud Reservoir August 04,2020   |  Source: Pragativadi

Odisha has vast fresh water resources extending around 6.84 lakh hectares. During 2019-20, Odisha produced around 8.16 lakh Metric tonnes of fish. The demand and consumption of freshwater fish such as Indian Major Carps and other varieties are ever-increasing in Odisha. In order to increase the freshwater fish production, the State Government has come out with a new policy to promote cage culture in medium and large reservoirs of the State. Utilizing a modest fraction (1%) of the surface area, the large and medium reservoirs can contribute a substantial quantity of fish to the total inland fish production basket of Odisha. Cage Culture fisheries is an emerging technology for the intensive production of fish and has a huge potential for increasing fish production. It is often considered as the future of reservoir fisheries which can lead to achieving self-sufficiency in the fish demand of the state and also promote entrepreneurship in aquaculture and create job opportunities.

The Cages are enclosed spaces to rear fish in reservoirs and are generally enclosed on all sides with net walls, except for leaving an opening at the top for feeding and handling the fish stock. The Cages are of many shapes (circular, square, or rectangular) and are equally good from the production point

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