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Jharkhand Fisheries

The Directorate of Fisheries is under the Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperatives Govt. of Jharkhand. It is headed by the Director Fisheries and it has 24 offices of the District Fisheries Officer in all the districts of the state. The state level offices are Fish Farmers Training Centre and Fisheries Research Centre both at Ranchi.


    RFF or Riverine Fish Farming and Open Area Fish Farming are new concepts for participatory and collective fish farming in shallow (4-5 feet depth) perennial streams of rivers and similar water spread areas of reservoirs. First of its kind was started in Bintopang village of West Singhbhum district with collective efforts of villagers and their local mentor. This gave a promising result and overall business was around Rs. 1.10 lakh (in terms of fish) as verbally reported by the villagers. Now the second one is flourishing in Salboni near Chauka on Ranchi- Tata Highway, district Saraikela- Kharsanwan. Keeping in mind the potential of this new kind of area expansion for fish culture, the department has sanctioned 328 units of RFF through out the state. It is worth to mention here that Sri Devendra Chaudhary, Secretary, GoI, Deptt. of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries , Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare visited the Salboni site, talked to the local youths there and appreciated them.

Cage Aquaculture

     Cage Fish culture in reservoirs of Jharkhand was introduced to intensive fish production in limited reservoir space along with providing employment to displaced and unemployed fishermen community comprising mainly of ST, SC and displaced families of affected regions.

    Directorate of Fisheries started fish culture in cages in reservoirs in the state through promoting co-operative societies registered for displaced and reservoir dependent people surrounding reservoir. They were homeless, unemployed and facing hardship to meet their livelihood as their home and agricultural land were submerged during the construction of the reservoirs. Due to unemployment and lack of opportunities for livelihood, many of them had restored to social rebellion and nurtured unhealthy ideologies by engaging themselves in unlawful activities like organizing bundhs and dharnas etc to press their demands. They were unorganized and had no knowledge about cage culture.

Motivator(s) for the project initiative- For bracing up to tackle this socio-economic issue, the Department of Fisheries selected some active and progressive fishermen form among them as voluntary workers and named them as Cage Rakshaks. They were trained and made in charge of cages for caring and rearing of baby fishes. A Fisheries Extension officer was also posted especially for the site at Chandil.The impact of this project is promising and as now more than 1200 cages have been installed in Tilaiya, Masanjore ,Maudi, Tenughat, Hatia and other smaller reservoirs of the state. Peoples participation is also very encouraging.