Animal Husbandry

Get Rs 11,300 Every Month through Backyard Fish Farming! Know the Economics & Assistance Required

Hitul Awasthi
Hitul Awasthi
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Introduction 

In Recirculatory Aquaculture System (RAS), the water is recycled and resused, after the removal of waste materials. It is mainly used for high-density culture of various fish species. This technology will improve income and encourage small-scale farmers and women to take up fish culture in their household backyards.   

The technological know-how, needed for this project will be provided by the National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (NCAAH) and Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala. 

Most suitable fish species for backyard culture with RAS technology are Monosex, Tilapia, and Pangasius. 

Assisstance for the project 

The experts from NCAAH will help the farmers in setting up of fish tank, getting water testing kits, cages, pumps, aerators, filters etc. There is also a provision for subsidy under RAS technology: 

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S. No. 

Category of States 

Category of Beneficiary 

Subsidy (INR, in Lakhs) 

1. 

For General States 

General 

1.68  

 

 

ST/SC/Women 

2.52 

2. 

For North East and Hilly States 

General 

2.52 

 

 

ST/SC/Women 

3.78 

Details and cost of setting up of a RAS Unit 

Cost of the Project 

S. No. 

Project Component 

Cost (INR) 

1 

Tank Construction 

1.00 Lakh 

2 

Procurement and installation of pumps, filters, cages, aerators, water-testing kits 

4.60 Lakh 

3 

Seed (4,500 fingerlings @ INR 6/piece 

27,000  

 

Feed (28-30% protein content) 

72,000 

5 

Transportation 

6,000  

6 

Probiotics 

15,000 

7 

Electricity 

8,000 

8 

Others including service delivery 

12,000 

Economics of the Project 

S. No. 

Component 

Outcome 

1 

Culture period/ cycle 

5-6 months 

2 

Stocking 

1500 fish per cage 

3 

Harvest size 

450g 

4 

Expected Survival 

80% 

5 

Expected yield per cycle 

540 kg per Cage 

6 

Crops per year 

2 crops 

7 

Total yield per unit per year 

3,240 kg 

8 

Market price 

INR 130/kg 

9 

Returns per year 

INR 4,21 lakh 

10 

Profit in one year 

INR 1.36 lakh 

11 

Income per month 

INR 11,300 

Fishers, women and young entrepreneurs can avail more details from National Fisheries Development Board, by calling at 040-24000201/177.

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