Odisha government’s fisheries department in technical collaboration with WorldFish organization has started a programme to promote Tilapia fish farming in the state.
Almost five months back, the project was started on a pilot basis in Nischintakoili in Cuttack district. Two farmers in Ishani Berhampur village in Nischintakoili had taken up cultivation of Tilapia fish variety in ponds spread over 80 decimel of land.
“The farmers were provided fishlings weighing 0.14 gram each for farming and in five months duration each fish has grown to 850 grams. Both the farmers have earned bumper profits,” said Trilochan Swain, an official of WorldFish.
An acre of pond yields around 3000 kilograms of Tilapia variety. “The total cost of production for farming Tilapia in an acre of pond comes to Rs 1.80 lakh while the farmed fish is sold for Rs 3 lakh. The farmer make a profit of Rs 1.20 lakh per acre. Besides, as the fishes mature in four to five months, farmers can harvest at least two crops per year,” said project manager Arun Padiyar.
The profits earned from Tilapia fish farming is significantly higher than earnings from present varieties of farmed fish. The fish variety has turned a hit among customers also as it nutritious, juicy with a single bone.
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