The Tripura government has announced plans to invest Rs 20.67 crore over the next two years to introduce cage culture for fish production.
The cage culture for fish production will be done in Dumbur Lake, located in the Dhalai district. The initiative is part of the Rural Infrastructure Development program and aims to enhance the productivity and sustainability of fisheries in the state. Tripura has been heavily reliant on fish imports from Bangladesh, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh to meet domestic demand.
Currently, 1512 cages have been installed in the lake, and fish cultivation has already begun. The department has also adopted an experimental approach for pan-culture to further enhance fish cultivation in the lake.
The Fisheries Minister, Sudhangshu Das, stated that around 3,032 fishermen in Gandacherra, the area surrounding Dumbur Lake, earn an average monthly income of Rs 8,000-14,000 from fishery activities. However, fishing is suspended during the monsoon due to the heavy water flow. To support the livelihoods of fishermen during these three months, the state government provides a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 to each fisherman.
Dumbur Lake, which is one of the largest water bodies in the country, falls under the jurisdiction of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC). In the past three financial years, the state government has utilized the reservoir for the cultivation of 24 lakh, 29 lakh, and 22 lakh fishlings, respectively.
Additionally, the Fisheries Department has undertaken measures to produce fishlings of all locally available varieties in 75 water bodies across 10.32 hectares of land, benefiting 1769 families. These initiatives aim to improve the overall fish production in Tripura and reduce the state’s dependence on fish imports.
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