Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi Released Portable FRP Pabda Hatchery Technology to Nation

Bhubaneswar: Portable FRP Pabda Hatchery (Gadget designed and developed under ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Plasticulture Engineering & Technology, Centre at ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar) has been released to the nation in the Inaugural Session of 4th PAF Congress-2019 held at ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar on 15 November 2019. Hon’ble Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying; and MSME Govt. of India, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi had released it to the nation in the presence of the Deputy Director General (Fisheries & Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi; Vice-Chancellor, OUAT; Secretary, FARD, Govt. of Odisha; Director, ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar and a galaxy of invitees and guests of the congress.

Fishes of genus Ompok, widely called as ‘butter catfish’, and in India and neighbouring countries commonly known as ‘Pabda’. It is valued as medium-sized silurid catfish having high consumer preference in many parts of India. Though seven species of pabda have been reported from India, three species viz. Ompok bimaculatus, O. pabda and O. malabaricus are well known; and among this O. bimaculatus is the most popular and gaining importance as a promising aquaculture candidate in recent times. Insufficiency of seed is the major bottlenecks, which hindering it’s wide and mass scale culture. Under the scheme, Bhubaneswar Centre has designed and developed the complete unit of portable Pabda hatchery fully made up of fibreglass reinforced plastics (FRP) for field use. The system is so designed that, it reduces the use of space.

The system consists of two major parts i.e., Hatching/ incubation unit; and Brood acclimation-cum-Latency stage nurture-cum-Hatchling rearing tanks. Three cylindro-vertical hatching/ incubation pools are placed one above the other on a triangular iron frame to minimize requirement of space. The pools are so designed that, one fit inside the other, for ease of transportation. The overall height of the hatching/ incubation unit is 1.55 m. The incubation unit can accommodate about 45,000-50,000 nos. of fertilized eggs in a single cycle. Three Brood acclimation-cum-Latency stage nurturing-cum-Hatchling rearing tanks of different sizes are designed for multiple purpose uses, viz. for acclimation of pabda brood fish after collection; for nurturing of brooders during latency period after injecting inducing hormone; and for rearing of hatchlings to early fry stage. The system is suitable for acclimation of 8-10 kg brooders of pabda and also for nurturing of injected brooders of 5-6 kg. The system can also be used for rearing of hatchlings and about 10,000–15,000 nos. of early fry can be produced in a single cycle.

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