Cage fish farming introduced in Naxal-affected Jharkhand
Cage fish farming is proving to be a boon for the people in Naxal-affected area of Chandil in Jharkhand's Seraikela Kharsawan district.
The initiative taken by the government, under the National Mission for Protein Supplement, is aimed at overall development of the area by generating employment opportunities for the people.
"The fish cages set up by the fishery department are an effort to provide employment to the residents of this area. As of now they have installed four cages. If the number goes up to 200 cages, then it will generate more employment in the area," said Syamal Mardi, a villager.
Under the production technique, cages made of steel or water-resistant material that are covered with nets are immersed in water bodies. Fingerlings or small fish are then released inside the cages and nourished with artificial feed.
Some 2,000 cages are likely to be set up in Chandil dam by next year, which will further boost employment in the area.
"It has been started on an experimental basis. It is successfully practiced in Vietnam, Norway, Thailand and China. Here, it is being run as a pilot project. This is the first such project in India, which has been started in Chandil," said Arbhind Anjum, a farmer.
Unemployment and lack of infrastructure is the root cause of Naxalism in Jharkhand.
The government is making all possible efforts to address this issue.