ACC, the cement and building material company of the diversified Adani Group, has been supporting the adoption of bio-floc technology in local communities of Odisha. Bio-floc, an eco-friendly fish farming method utilising microorganisms to establish a harmonious aquatic ecosystem, proves to be a lucrative, space-saving, and low-maintenance solution for farmers.
One of the beneficiaries of this initiative is Mamata Bhoi from Piplipali village in Bargarh district, Odisha. With ACC and Pratigya Trust’s support, Mamata diversified her income by setting up a small bio-floc fish farming unit. Taking advantage of the 40% government subsidy for the “Promotion of Intensive Aquaculture through Introduction of Bio-floc Technology,” Mamata joined many other farmers in embracing this new and effective method
Mamata invested Rs. 2.5 lakhs initially, covering essential components like concrete tanks, a green net shed, an inverter, shrimp, feed, technical support, and water testing equipment. She sourced shrimp varieties from Kakinada and Bhadrak and underwent training from scientists at the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA). With these efforts, Mamata looks forward to harvesting her first shrimp batch soon, with an anticipated profit of Rs. 1.75 lakhs.
Bio-floc fish farming, utilising microorganisms for nutrient recycling and water quality maintenance, finds a fitting environment in Odisha, which is abundant in freshwater resources and facing a high fish demand.
ACC’s initiative is pivotal in uplifting rural communities, with a special focus on empowering women. The initiative extends beyond mere economic diversification; it catalyzes social transformation.