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"CIFA laid foundation for “SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN” 

Annual Report 2013-14

Upcoming Training programmes 

DRAFT VISION 2050 for comments and suggestions from the stakeholders  


"KVK-Khordha awarded by Orissa Krushak Samaj with Krushaka Bandhu Samman"

KVK-Khordha hosted by ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) is the oldest in the KVK fraternity in the country established in 1976 funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The KVK is under Zone VII administered by Zonal Project Directorate, Zone VII, ICAR, Jabalpur. (Read More)


"News on International Day For Rural Women"

Today on 15th October, 2014, ICAR-CIFA has observed the international day of rural women with a theme on “Issues of Rural Women: Problem and Priorities”.
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"Workshop in Hindi on ‘Modern Technologies in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges’"

A workshop in Hindi on ‘Modern Technologies in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges’ to mark the ongoing Hindi Chetna Maas was organized at ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar on 10 October, 2014.
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Excellence in research for developing sustainable and diversified freshwater aquaculture practices for enhanced productivity, quality, water use efficiency and farm income.

Making Indian freshwater aquaculture globally competitive through eco friendly and economically viable fish production systems for livelihood and nutritional security


  • To conduct basic, strategic and applied research in freshwater aquaculture.
  • To enhance production efficiencies through incorporation of biotechnological tools.
  • To undertake studies on diversification of aquaculture practices with reference to species and systems.
  • To provide training and consultancy services.


2nd October, 2014- ICAR-CIFA has commenced “SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN(Read More)


15-29 September, 2014- International Training on Basics in Freshwater Prawn Culture and Management (Read More)

22nd September, 2014- Extension functionaries from Kenya and Malawi visited CIFA (Read More)

12th September, 2014- Tribute to Prof. Hiralal Chaudhuri (Father of Induced breeding of fish in India)

3rd September, 2014- Preventive Health Management in Freshwater Aquaculture (Read More)

Bali, a small Island within Sundarban inhabited by tribal and SC populations, was ravaged by the strong cyclonic storm “Aila” in 2009, causing heavy damage to the livestock and biodiversity resulting in severe food crisis. Traditionally the inhabitants venture into the dense Sunderban forests for their livelihood and face casualties from ferocious Bengal tigers and crocodiles.

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Website last updated on 22 october 2014

Forthcoming Events

Workshop on Process, Innovations and Implications of Extension in KVK
National Workshop on Fish Nutrition & Feed Technology. First week of Nov., 2014
 National Workshop on Off-season Breeding & Seed Production of Carps. Last week of January, 2015

Research Achievement

About 40% surrogate carp could be produced successfully by utilizing the gametes of GC recipient fish and a normal fish.

Striped snakehead (Channa striatus) brooders were developed in concrete cisterns with help of proper diet and habitat management. Induced captive breeding of the fish was performed with HCG and PG extract yielding fertilization and hatching rates of 80-99% and 75-90%, respectively.

Indigenous ornamental fish, Dawkinsia tambraparniei was successfully bred in hatchery and larval rearing was carried out with incorporation of live feed in their diet.

Research results revealed that the density and duration of seed stunting in rohu did not to have any compensatory growth implication in the subsequent grow-out culture in both monoculture as well as in polyculture.

Study has shown that the growth, biomass production per m3 of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) declined with increase of height of silo.

Breeding and larval rearing of Macrobrachium malcolmsonii was conducted successfully in 20 ppt brackish water by adopting conventional clear water technique with water exchange system.

Tilapia breeding and variety development programme has been initiated and a total production of 3.2 ton/ha/ 6 months in mono-sex and 2.29 ton/ha/ 6 months in mixed sex culture was achieved.

Successful Induced breeding of Mystus gulio through hypophysation was achieved at Kalyani Field Station.

About 20 lakh spawns striped catfish Pangasianodon hypothalamus were produced under NFDB program.

Macrobrachium rosenbergii brood bank was established at College of Fisheries Farm, Nellore and technical guidance was provided to culture prawn up to viable brood stock for seed production.

Hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha) from Hooghly River was successfully bred by dry stripping method at Godakhali.

Water quality index was prepared for aquaculture effluents from pangas culture ponds based on National Sanitation Foundation Water Quality Index (NSF WQI).

Study revealed that gypsum was more effective than lime in reducing the phosphorus content in water.

Success was achieved in designing a low cost indigenous freshwater pearl mussel holder.

Alternative gel based food as a substitute for high value live food was developed for Macrobrachium rosenbergii larvae.

A marketing hub was established at Barkote with cement tanks and pet shop for easy trading of ornamental fishes run by Tulasi Marei,, a tribal lady.

FRP carp hatchery was installed and operated in Bali and produced 4.0 lakhs of carp spawn in one operation. Further, compared to bench mark of 0.8t/ha/crop production of 3.8t/ha/year could be achieved. Bali model has attracted wide attention as a successful case of livelihood support programme in tribal belt.

Four on-farm testing of 4th generation of selectively bred Macrobrachium rosenbergii was carried out in four farms in Odisha. 5th Generation (G5) of selectively bred M. rosenbergii was also produced.

The murrel grow out farming was well demonstrated in Khurda and Nayagarh Districts of Odisha with average production of about 2.0 t/ha/yr.

Around 4395 farmers were benefitted under NAIP project on Sustainable livelihood improvement through integrated freshwater aquaculture, horticulture and livestock development.

Poly-tent drier for fish was designed and developed.

Integrated farming model with high value crops (baby-corn, sunflower, hot season tomato) with fish was developed at Kalyani Field Station.

Value added products Fish Cracker was developed from medium and small indigenous fish species.

Evaluation of susceptibility of Labeo fimbriatus fry, fingerlings and adults to Argulus revealed that adult tolerates challenge with up to 1800 metanuaplii fish and an infective dose of 2000 per fish is lethal.

Molecular characterization and expression analysis of Δ-6 fatty acyl desaturase has been elucidated in the freshwater carp, Puntius gonionotus.

Next generation sequencing of a portion of catla genome generated approximately 5.7MB of sequence data and 29794 contigs after assembly.

Cloning and characterization of Pou2 gene was carried out in farmed rohu, Labeo rohita.

Out of 300 monomorphic microsatellite markers initially developed in Labeo rohita, 20 markers were found to be monomorphic in Catla catla, Cirrhinus mrigala, Labeo fimbriatus, Labeo bata, Cirrhinus reba and Labeo gonius.

Research revealed the adequacy of 35% crude protein diet for Puntius carnaticus fingerlings.

Raw TOC incorporation at 10% had no adverse effect on growth and survival of rohu fingerlings.

Best quality floating feed could be prepared from ingredients by maintaining temperature of 130 or 1500C and total moisture level of 20 to 22%.

Two Kiss genes key modulators of reproduction in mammals were characterized in Labeo rohita.

Study has shown that Achromobacter xylosoxidans can remove 80 μg/l of ammonia in 8 days and E. cloacae could remove 90 μg/l of ammonia in 12 days after application of biofloc.

Research revealed that rohu TLR22 was closely related to common carp TLR22.

Expression pattern of innate immune receptors (NLRC5, NLRX1, TLR5 and TLR22) and their downstream molecules (IRAK4, TRAF4 and IRF3) were elucidated in magur (Clarias batrachus) in response to abiotic stresses like heat and cold stresses.

Full sequence information of P0 protein of the ectoparasite A. siamensis and the host L. rohita was obtained that might have role in protective immunity against A. siamensis.

Copper oxide nanoparticles were found to reduce both microbial load as well as ammonia content of the water.

Mx expression in vivo, in rohu, catla and mrigal was carried out.

PCR primers were designed to amplify virulence associated genes (aerolysin, hemolysin, GCAT, 06 lipase, serine protease, OMP, Act, Elastase, gyrase-B) of Aeromonas hydrophila.

In rohu, immunoglobulin M, B-cell Activating Factor and CD22 genes were partially cloned and sequenced.

National surveillance programme on aquatic animal diseases was carried out in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and it was found that parasitic diseases like Argulosis and bacterial septicaemia are most prevalent diseases in farmer's ponds.

Socio-economic development and empowerment of women through aquaculture intervention produced a net income of Rs. 41,000/- during 2013-14 which contributed to the livelihood and nutritional security of about 100 women beneficiaries in the selected villages of Puri and Khordha distict.

Demonstrations on carp seed rearing from fry (1.57 lakhs) to fingerlings were carried out in Anand and Kheda districts of Gujarat with two beneficiaries and 68% survival was achieved.