Himachal Pradesh government introduced Cage Culture Technique for fish farming
Himachal Pradesh government introduced Cage Culture technique of fish farming in water bodies created by the HP Mid-Himalayan Watershed Development Project.
Himachal Pradesh government in September 2014 introduced Cage Culture technique of fish farming in water bodies created by the Himachal Pradesh Mid-Himalayan Watershed Development Project.
The state government had introduced the cage culture scheme by constructing earthen run-off dam at Kudini (Kudini Dam) in gram panchayat Dabat, Watershed Development Division Naina Devi with an area of 1.43 hectare and pondage capacity of 4.28 hectare. The technique has been adopted after studying it in small reservoirs and ponds of Jharkhand, the state that is considered as a leading state in fish farming.
Introduction of the technique would help people in rural areas of the state among whom fish farming is a profitable livelihood activity and also makes them economically viable.
Cage Culture technique of fish farming
The Cage culture technique of fish farming is an Aquaculture Production System where fish are reared in floating net cages. These fish cages can be placed in dams, lakes, ponds and rivers with average depth of five meters to raise and protect the fingerlings until they are harvested. Fishes that are stocked in cages are fed with commercial feeds and harvested when they reach market size.
These cages are made up of nylon nets and the frame is made up of iron pipes joint together through welding with plastic drums as floaters.