Institute to give technical guidance to villagers
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) is partnering with the Korampadam Service Co-operative Bank, Kothad, to promote cage fish farming in the backwaters off Kadamakudy.
This will benefit a few hundred families in Kadamakkudy. A skill development programme was organised to train them in the method. It covered cage fabrication, site identification, species selection, feed management, harvest, and marketing. CMFRI will also offer technical guidance to villagers, while the bank will grant them loans, said A. Gopalakrishnan, director of the institute.
Species such as cobia, seabass, snappers, mullet, and pearlspot will be used for cage farming.
The collaborative programme has been linked with CMFRI’s ongoing project launched last year to train 5,000 fishermen across the country in cage fish farming with financial assistance from the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB).
“CMFRI has so far trained 2,500 fishermen across the country, and around 2,500 cage fish farming units are currently operational in coastal States under the institute’s technical guidance,” said Imelda Joseph, head of mariculture division, CMFRI.