Collector S. Prabhakar has said that upgraded infrastructure at the three Fish Seed Production Centres-cum-Rearing Centres in Bhavanisagar will enable to improve the production to 17 crore fish seeds per year.
On Tuesday, the Collector along with officials of the Fisheries Department inspected the fish seed farms at Pungar (19.60 hectare), Old Fish seed farm (1.40 hectare) and the National Fish Seed Farm (10 hectare).
Production of seeds, fingerlings and research activities were undertaken at these centres.
Officials said that in the current year till July 22, 10.18 crore early fry (less than 1 cm fish) were produced while 5.25 lakh late fry (2 cm) and 6.86 lakh fingerlings (5 cm) were produced so far. Fish varieties like Catla, Rohu, Mrigal and Common Carp were produced in these centres.
The officials said that in the past six years, early fry wirth Rs. 90.23 crore, late fry worth Rs. 5.46 crore and fingerlings worth Rs. 1.81 crore were produced in these farms. They said that under the modernisation programme, funds were sanctioned to the tune of Rs. 2.25 crore and works to the tune of Rs. 1.50 crore were completed.
Fingerlings of 487 tones were sold to Fisheries Department in Kerala, government and private organisations in the State. The Collector said that after the upgradation work was completed, 17 crore fish seeds would be produced in the centre. K. Selvan, Joint Director, Fisheries Department, Chidambarampillai, Assistant Director (Bhavanisagar), and S. Kolanjinathan, Assistant Director (Erode) were present.