KOCHI: The Maharashtra government has sought technical support of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to start large-scale cage fish farming ventures. In a meeting at Kochi, Deepak Kesarkar, Maharashtra minister of state for finance, planning and home requested CMFRI authorities to provide technical guidance to launch 500 cage fish farming units in the brackishwater resources of the Sindhudurg district.
The minister said the Maharashtra government would provide financial support to the CMFRI to implement a suitable cage farming model to the ecological and geographical conditions of the brackishwater resources in the Sindhudurg district. “The cage farming models being implemented by CMFRI in Pizhala in Ernakulam district and in various parts of Manglore are highly successful. Our government is eager to emulate such models in Sindhudurg district too as a better livelihood option for the coastal people,” Mr Kesarkar said.
Leena Bansod, joint MD of Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Corporation, who accompanied the minister, visited the cage farming sites in Pizhala in Ernakulam district. As per the decision taken in the meeting a team from the Mariculture Division of the CMFRI will visit Sindhudurg district to assess the ecological condition and carrying capacity of the water bodies prior to the launch of cage fish farming. CMFRI team will also select ideal spots and suitable species for the farming. It will soon submit a detailed project proposal to the Maharashtra government.