The state government has introduced Cage Culture technique of fish farming in water bodies created by the Himachal Pradesh Mid-Himalayan Watershed Development project.
A government spokesperson said the water bodies created by the Himachal Pradesh Mid-Himalayan Watershed Development Project (HP MHWDP), since its inception, have a great scope for fish farming that would be a potential and profitable livelihood activity in rural areas of the state.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, he said the government had introduced a Cage Culture Scheme by constructing earthen run-off dam at Kudini (Kudini Dam) in gram pancahyat Dabat, Watershed Development Division (WDD) Naina Devi having a area of 1.43 hectare and pondage capacity of 4.28 hectare on the analogy Jharkhand, which is considered as a leading state in fish farming.
He added Cage Culture is an Aquaculture Production System where fish are reared and grown in floating net cages.
"Fish cages can be placed in dams, lakes, ponds and rivers having average water depth of five metres to raise and protect the fingerlings until they are harvested," he noted.
Fish stocked in cages are fed with commercial feeds and harvested when they reach market size. The cage is made up of nylon nets of 15mm mesh size and the frame is made up of iron pipes joint together through welding with plastic drums as floaters. The net cage is attached to the floating frame with at least 0.5m free board to prevent the stocks from escaping.
Besides, increasing the source of income for young unemployed youth the project would also improve the living standard of people. "It will be also helpful for better entrepreneurship skill development among the target groups," he added.