Cochin International Airport Ltd has introduced aquaculture practices in the water bodies of CIAL Golf Club. As part of the activity diversification programme, CIAL has opted for fish farming.
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), in association with the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture, has partnered with CIAL for sustainable and environmentally friendly cage farming in the water bodies of the golf club of the ‘airport.
CIAL’s Managing Director, S Suhas, said: “Aquaculture offers many environmental advantages over 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; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of fresh water consumption per unit produced, improvement of animal feed management practices and adoption of new agricultural practices”. As champions of sustainability, CIAL strives to implement climate-friendly practices that generate long-term sustainable environmental, social and economic results, Suhas said.
7 bodies of water on 16 acres
The CIAL Golf Club has seven bodies of water of different sizes totaling 16 acres. The ponds are deep and large. Normal or conventional pond rearing practices will not work here. In cage fish farming, it is not necessary to drain the water bodies and the management of these is flexible with several production units. Easy and inexpensive harvesting are also added benefits.
MPEDA and RGCA will provide testing for periodic disease diagnosis, water quality analysis and seed at a subsidized rate from their hatchery in Valarpadam. The species recommended by MPEDA-RGCA for the pilot project are GIFT Tilapia, Seabass and Pearl spot.
With the introduction of caged fish farming, unused water bodies can be converted into productive use generating additional revenue for the golf club. CIAL has successfully executed the idea of Total Sustainable Management (TSM) at its golf course where treated water from its treatment plant is used for water harvesting using 12 artificial lakes.
June 22, 2022