Erode Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, a constituent unit of the Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, located in Bhavanisagar, Erode district, was established with a focus to enhance the seed production of commercially important freshwater fishes especially Jayanthi rohu. This Centre was established under the National Agriculture Development Programme, with prime objective of promoting the culture of fast growing carp, JayanthiRohu among farmers of the district. The Centre was formally inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 8th November 2017. The Centre has an area of 2.02 acres, with 3 Nursery ponds (each app 3500 ft2), 3 brood stock ponds (each 5000ft2), 2 nursery tanks (each 120 ft2).
1 Chinese hatchery unit (consisting of 1 spawning tank and 2 hatching tanks) and one office building with a floor space of 3000 ft2. The office building houses a water quality lab, one training hall, a library and an office. The Centre works in association with the State Fisheries Department in providing technical guidance and support to the farmers for availing funds and subsidy from the Government. Further, this Centre will take up programmes as directed by the Directorate, which is the Nodal Agency for the TN Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Programme and also participant in the programme with specific projects from 2017 to 2023.
The Erode Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture has the following objectives:
One of the major objectives of establishing the Centre is to provide good quality seeds of freshwater fishes to inland fish farmers. The Centre has brooder ponds for the maintenance of the broader population of all commercially important freshwater fishes including Jayanthi Rohu. The presence of good quality brood fish ensures production and supply of good quality seeds to the farmers. The seeds are sold as spawn, fry and fingerlings, as per the requirements of the farmers.
The Centre provides skilled training on need basis to inland fish farmers. Further, farmers are also provided with technical advisory services in person as well as over the phone. The farmers are free to visit the Centre any time and clarify their doubts regarding carp farming. A water quality lab is also established to assist the farmers for proper water quality management in their farms. The Centre also provides training on value addition in inland fishes to improve the socioeconomic status of the fisherfolk who rely mainly on fishing the inland water bodies. Routine trainings on various aspects of inland fisheries is being conducted as per the requirements of the farmers and fisher folk of the district.
A model backyard ornamental fish unit has been developed in the Centre. In order to encourage and establish small household ornamental fish unit and develop the commercial hatcheries for the hill region fishes trainings have been given for the ornamental fish farmers.
Bhavanisagar dam is known for its fresh fish sales and attracts lots of tourists who are interested to taste freshly caught fish. Several licensed fishermen catch fish in the reservoir and sell it as fresh fish locally as well as to the regional market. The fish offal from the fish sales counters in the form of fish gut, head, fins and scales are made into a compost in the model fish composting pits developed in the Centre for the benefit of the local fishermen who can produce compost from the generated fish waste and the same can be utilized as farm manure offering an ecofriendly disposal method for fish waste.
|S. No.||Name of the Training||Place||Period||No.of Participants|
Carp Seed Production and Hatchery Management
Innovative Techniques in fish farming
Innovative Techniques in fish farming (ornamental fish farming)
Value addition in Inland fishes
Advanced techniques for successful carp farming
Erode Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture
Bhavanisagar, Erode – 638 451,
04295 - 240195
Bhavanisagar is 15Km from Sathyamangalam in Erode District
By rail: The nearest rail head is Coimbatore – 67 Km Erode junction is 77 Km from Bhavanisagar
By Air: The nearest airport is Coimbatore – 70 Km
By Bus: Bhavanisagar can be reached by bus from Erode, via Sathyamangalam. Frequent buses are also available from Coimbatore.