Culture based fisheries enhancement program by ICAR-CIFRI in Baghua reservoir of Odisha : a post COVID adoption.
The reservoir is situated in Odogaon block of Nayagarh district of Odisha and the fishers of Korapitha, Odogaon, Khurala, Rohibanka village depends on this reservoir. Nayagarh district is considered as an important part in the political history of Odisha as King Suryamani of Baghela dynasty came to Puri on a pilgrimage from Madhya Pradesh and established his kingdom at Nayagarh. ICAR-CIFRI has initiated an innovative approach for the culture fisheries development in small reservoirs of India for production enhancement through insitu fish seed raising in pen under the leadership of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI. Baghua reservoir in Odisha was selected in consultation with Fisheries department, Govt. of Odisha and Raghunath Primary Fisheries Cooperative Society, Baghua reservoir under SCSP programme. The society was established in the year 1987 bearing 52 SC members. In a preliminary meeting with the community, it was decided that, ICAR-CIFRI will provide technical support and some input for the fisheries development of the reservoir. Baghua is a small reservoir having an area of 122 ha with a production of 7 ton. ICAR-CIFRI adopted this reservoir under SCSP programme with a increase of double to 21 ton in the first year. ICAR-CIFRI has provided capacity building training to the Baghua fishers in ICAR-CIFRI and also took them on a exposure on community based fisheries. In this month ICAR-CIFRI has installed pen of 0.5 ha in the reservoir with community participation. Three lakh fish seed were released in the pen for insitu raising of fish seed for the reservoir. During the lockdown pandemic situation the cooperation from the community in pen installation and fish seed release is praiseworthy. A speed boat with outboard engine has been provided under SCSP programme to the fishers of Baghua. It is estimated that the fish seed stocked will help in achieving an additional 14 ton from the reservoir with an additional income of 16.80 lakh from the reservoir for the Baghua fishers. The program was planned and designed by Dr B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI.. The programme was coordinated by Dr. P.K. Parida, Mr. Himashu Swain and Dr. Lianthuamluaia scientists of ICAR-CIFRI.