Boost fish farming in dams, NRO to State Govt

  • 2

Boost fish farming in dams, NRO to State Govt

Monday, 29 June 2020 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

Non-resident Odia (NRO) Prof Digambara Patra of the American University of Beirut, who is a native of Kalahandi district, has suggested the State Government to explore possibility of fish farming in major dams including the Hirakud reservoirs, to provide employment to the migrant workers who have returned Odisha from other States in the wake of Covid 19 outbreak.

The Hirakud Dam has about 70,000 hectares of water area covering the districts of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Bargarh. Such a huge water area can be better managed and exploited to generate livelihood and business. For example, the water area can be a great opportunity for large scale fish farming, production, value addition and establishment of ancillary fields leading to large scale employment generation, Prof Patra told in a letter to CM Naveen Patnaik.

The dam alone has the potential to generate employment and livelihood for 5,000 people or more through fish farming. Hirakud dam has about 43 different kinds of fish species and various other aquatic plants and animals that depend on the dam for their food and breeding purposes. Of course, any sort of external interference to imbalance the ecological condition may cause destruction to the fish and fauna of such a system, he told.

Prof Patra suggested the State Government to enact a policy for such water reservoirs similar to the marine sector or Chilika lake, where brewing season from June to August can be observed closed for fishing operations and fishermen may be compensated during the period. Similar opportunities may also be created in Indravati dam, Rengali dam, Lower Indra dam, Patora dam, Machkund dam and Kolab dam, etc.

State Editions

Online education a great challenge in rural Odisha

11 August 2020 | DINESH DAS | Bhubaneswar

NHRC seeks ATR from Kendrapada SP

11 August 2020 | RAJESH BEHERA | Bhubaneswar


11 August 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

‘Mishra believed in empowering kids thru lit’

11 August 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Webinar discusses breastfeeding benefits

11 August 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Pandemic forces choreographer to sell tea

11 August 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Sunday Edition

REal estate in the times of Corona

09 August 2020 | Sush Clays | Agenda

Astroturf | Know self for a better future

09 August 2020 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Tackling Covid in the capital

09 August 2020 | Miniya Chatterji | Agenda

Best to redefine your career goals

09 August 2020 | Karan Verma | Agenda

India no more ‘soft state’ under Modi’s leadership

09 August 2020 | KK SRIVASTAVA | Agenda

'I'm a storyteller, medium doesn't matter'

09 August 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer