Odisha-WorldFish Project

WorldFish is an international organization and one of 15 CGIAR research centres with head quarters in Penang, Malaysia. The WorldFish mission is to strengthen livelihoods and enhance food and nutrition security by improving fisheries and aquaculture.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for technical collaboration between the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department, Government of Odisha and The WorldFish, Malaysia was signed on 28th June 2016. The project commenced on 1st July 2016 and will continue till 31st March 2022. The overall objective of the MoA is to technically support the F&ARD Department to implement the Odisha State Fisheries Policy-2015 and to achieve “sustainable aquaculture and fisheries sector in Odisha State, India, creating employment, stimulating inward investment and contributing to State goals for reducing malnutrition among vulnerable and marginalized communities, particularly women and children”.

As per MoA the WorldFish is working on the following components:

  • Promotion of nutritionally sensitive Carp- Mola Production system
  • Carp Intensification and hatchery seed quality improvement
  • Introduction of Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT)
  • Reservoir  Fish Productivity and Production Enhancement
  • GIS & Spatial planning for inland fisheries resources management

The Odisha-WorldFish Project office has been set up in the Directorate of Fisheries campus, Cuttack. The Joint Director of Fisheries, Inland is the Nodal Officer for the project. The project is managed by a Project Manager and assisted by other staff members hired by the project. Component leaders of national and International repute have been engaged to render guidance and technical support to the farmers. The programme is implemented in eleven pilot districts of the state, namely: Mayurbhanja, Balasore, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Koraput,Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsingpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Ganjam.  The Action Plan and modality of implementation for the Phase 1 of the project has been approved by the Government in F& ARD Department vide letter No:13290/ FARD Dated 14.11.17 basing on which the activities are implemented in coordination with the District Fisheries Officers. Proper orientation training and awareness is created among the Fisheries Officials posted in the pilot districts. The activities and implementation is regularly reviewed by the Director of Fisheries in the presence of Nodal Officer and project staff. Priority is given for selection of community water bodies, GP tanks and MIPs to encourage women SHGs and Primary Fishermen Cooperative Societies to actively take part in the programme and get benefitted by increased fish production.

During the year 2017-18 Carp Mola Polyculture was taken up in 301.00 Acre, Carp Intensification in 288.00 Acre, GIFT Tilapia Demonstration in 33.30 Acre. Besides that stocking of quality fingerlings were stocked in 13 reservoirs in two districts as per modalities approved by the Government.

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