By Express press service

KOCHI: As part of business diversification, Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has introduced aquaculture practices in the water bodies of its golf club at Nedumbassery. The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) and the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture (RGCA) have partnered with CIAL for environmentally friendly and sustainable cage farming in water bodies.

CIAL’s Managing Director, S Suhas, said: “Aquaculture offers many environmental benefits, linked to other forms of farming. Over the past five years, the aquaculture industry has reduced its carbon footprint through the gradual assimilation of new production systems that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced freshwater use per unit produced , improved feed management practices and adopted new husbandry practices”. “As a champion of sustainability, CIAL strives to adopt climate-friendly practices that generate long-term sustainable environmental, social and economic results,” he said. The CIAL Golf Club has seven bodies of water of different sizes totaling nearly 16 acres. The club’s ponds are deep and large.

Normal or conventional pond rearing practices will not work here. In cage fish farming, there is no need to drain the water bodies and the management of the aquatic environment is flexible with several production units. Easy and inexpensive harvesting are also added benefits.

MPEDA and RGCA will provide tests for the periodic diagnosis of fish diseases and analyzes of water and seed quality at a subsidized rate from their hatchery in Vallarpadom. The species recommended by MPEDA-RGCA for the pilot project are GIFT tilapia, sea bass and pearl spot.

Suhas said CIAL has successfully implemented the idea of ​​Total Sustainable Management (TSM) at its golf course where treated water from the airport’s sewage treatment plant is used for dust collection. water using 12 artificial lakes.

The CIAL Golf Club has 7 lakes of different sizes
Marine Products Export Development Authority and Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture have partnered with CIAL for in-water cage farming
Recommended species: GIFT tilapia, bass & pearl spot