PMMSY Subsidy For Biofloc and RAS Fish Farming

PMMSY Subsidy For Biofloc and RAS Fish Farming

PMMSY Subsidy For Biofloc and RAS Fish Farming

Under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY scheme of the Central Government, a subsidy of 40% is announced for biofloc fish farming as well as recirculating aquaculture (RAS) fish farming in Kerala. Applications have been invited. Biofloc as well as RAS system is an innovative fish farming method with very low water requirement. Under this PMMSY Subsidy For Biofloc and RAS Fish Farming, 500 biofloc units and 400 RAS systems will be installed across the state. In this video, I intend to share only the details of these two projects as per the new circular issued by the Fisheries Department of the Government of Kerala. But before watching this video and getting ready for fish farming, you need to know the complete information related to the fish farming from nearest Fisheries Department office or the fisheries promoters in each panchayat. Definitely try to watch this video till the end.

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Under the PMMSY scheme of the Central Government, 500 biofloc units will be set up in Kerala at 40 per cent subsidy. The government subsidy is 40% or Rs 3 lakh for a unit costing Rs 7.5 lakh. The remaining Rs 4.5 lakh is the farmer’s share.

BioFloc Fish Farming

Under this scheme, one unit will consist of 7 biofloc tanks. One can apply for this scheme either individually or as a group. The cost of Rs.7.5 lakhs include all the expenses from setting up tanks and other requirements for doing the biofloc fish farming, depositing the fish seeds, expenses of feeding them to until the time of harvesting of the fishes. In addition, the farmer has to spend the entire amount required for this project initially. It should be remembered that only then one will receive  government’s share.

Biofloc is an innovative fish farming method in Kerala. Within a short span of time it became one of the most popular fish farming methods. With this farming method, it is possible to produce more amount of fish in less space. At the same time, it can reduce the feed costs by about 25% compared to other farming methods.

OBJECTIVES

  • To popularise new culture practices in the aquaculture scenario of Kerala
  • To increase fish production from the available area.
  • To disseminate suitable technology for the innovative aquaculture practices
  • To develop confidence among farmers for the new practices.
  • To increase fish production and farmer’s income from unit area.

Biofloc Tank Construction

Round shaped tanks should be prepared for biofloc fish farming. The tank of 4m diameter should have a height of 1.5 meters. Else the tank should be of diameter 5m and height of 1.2 m.

Tanks should be construed according to the circular issued by the Department of Fisheries. Tanks should be made of PVC coated nylon sheet not less than 550 GSM after framing it with GI mesh or GI sheet.

Biofloc fish farming is also a very sensitive farming method. Therefore, before embarking on this one farming method, one should have a thorough knowledge of tank construction and fish farming.

Fish Seed

Tilapia fish are reared through this biofloc fish farming. Tilapia is one of the most widely cultivated fish in the world. GIFT or Genetically Improved Farm Tilapia a hybrid tilapia fish are commonly selected for biofloc fish farming.

Fish feed

Fishes cultivated through biofloc fish farming are fed with protein containing pellet feed.Feed intake can be reduced by 20% to 30% in a biofloc fish farming compared to other farming methods. The body mass of the fish, the amount of protein contained in the feed and the size of the pellet feed should be considered to determine how much feed should be given to the fish. For this you can follow this chart.

If you want to know more about feeding the fish, you can watch the video on how to feed a thousand fish that we have done before. For those who have not seen the video, you can watch the entire video by clicking on the link above.

Those who are preparing for doing biofloc fish farming through this scheme should definitely read and understand the entire circular issued by the department. The required documents should be submitted along with the completed application.

Re-circulatory aquaculture (RAS)

It is proposed to set up 400 RAS units in Kerala under the PMMSY scheme of the Central Government. Applications for this have been accepted from each district. This unit requires a fish pond with a capacity to fill water of 100 cubic meters and a grow bed in an area of 5 cents.

RAS is an innovative farming method that requires much less water. The specialty is that vegetables can be cultivated along with fishes.

Fish Seed

Nile tilapia is to be cultivated in this method of cultivation. The total cost of RAS covering an area of ​​100 cubic meters is Rs 7.5 lakh with a subsidy of 40 per cent of the amount or Rs 3 lakh.

The entrepreneur should be able to invest the remaining amount. The entrepreneur has to spend the entire amount required for the project initially.

Harvest is possible within six months. Two yields are estimated per year. 400 units are being set up across the state. Those interested should contact the respective District Fisheries Office and submit the application.

Project Details of RAS

The cost of Rs. 7.5 lakhs include all the expenses from setting up tanks and other requirements for doing the biofloc fish farming, depositing the fish fry, expenses of feeding them to until the time of harvesting of the fishes. According to the Fisheries Department, a pond of 100 cubic meters can hold 8000 baby fishes and can produce 3200 kg of fish.

The following is an estimated cost prepared by the Department of Fisheries for the preparation and operation of this RAS unit.

An estimate of `480000 has been made for the construction of a new unit. Similarly, its six-month running cost will be Rs. 270,000. Marketing and sales of the fish is the responsibility of every farmer. That is why anyone who enters into aquaculture has to learn about its marketing.

Whether it is biofloc aquaculture or the RAS aquaponics system, there is a lot to understand technically and scientifically. Therefore, those who go into aquaculture should attend classes provided by the Fisheries Department to learn more, or visit nearby fish farms that are functioning well to understand things.

Download the Subsidy Scheme Circular And Application

PMMSY Biofloc Fish Farming Scheme Circular : Download PDF

PMMSY Biofloc Fish Farming Scheme Application : Download PDF

PMMSY RAS Fish Farming Scheme Circular : Download Circular

PMMSY RAS Fish Farming Scheme Application : Download PDF

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