Biofloc is the new trend in fish farming
Biofloc fish farming is setting a new trend in pisciculture industry. The modern method has been introduced in Aroor constituency in Alappuzha with the help of fisheries department and local self government bodies. A total of 161 biofloc units have been installed in 10 different panchayats.
Biofloc fish farming is one of the three major projects initiated by the fisheries department to help farmers and increase fish production, the other two being tarpaulin pond and pearl spot fish unit in pond.
Characteristics of the biofloc fish farming project
- Minimum use of water
- High growth rate
- Natural immunity of fish
- Bio safety
- Less space required
Estimated expense for oxygen unit and water purification till harvest is Rs 1.38 lakh. 60 percent of the expense is paid by the beneficiary and 40 percent is allotted as subsidy. 1250 GIFT tilapia fingerlings can be grown in one unit.
Fish feed is developed by converting nitrogen into protein using carbon based substance. Fish will be ready for harvest in 6 months. One fish weighs around 400-500 grams.
Biofloc is an affordable and eco-friendly method of fish farming. It helps improve productivity, said Fisheries Sub Inspector Leena Dennis.