ICAR - All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on “Plasticulture Engineering & Technologies”

ICAR-CIFA Centre Project “Application of Plastics in Aquaculture”

It is a Planned Scheme of ICAR and operating at the institute from May 1988


  • To identify different areas of fish culture, where plastics can replace traditional materials effectively
  • To develop appropriate gadgets/ systems for aquaculture using plastics, and test their efficiency for better utilization and higher fish production
  • Development of carp production system in greenhouse ponds for low temperature periods

Major Achievements

In 2006 commercialized the Portable FRP Carp Hatchery Technology for production of 1.0-1.2 million fish seed (spawn) in one operation in farmer’s field. Under the project several aquaculture gadgets and systems in plastic materials are designed and developed for use in the field. They are Fish feeders, FRP magur hatchery, Silos for high density fish rearing, Live fish transportation tank, Polyhouse ponds, Mobile fish vending unit, Poly tent drier for fish, etc.

Development of FRP Portable Carp Hatchery: A star technology of the Institute

Release of Technology

His Excellency the Governor of Odisha, Shri Rameshwar Thakur on 14th July 2006 at CIFA, Bhubaneswar, released the FRP Carp Hatchery Technology.

Commercialization of Technology

FRP Carp Hatchery Technology was commercialized by CIFA, Bhubaneswar for the first time in 2006 (highest bid value was Rs 3,03,333/=) and for the second time in 2013 (highest bid value was Rs 13,15,000/=). Both the times the license / right of fabrication and sale were given to M/s. MR Aqua Tech, Bhubaneswar.

Publication of Technology

  • Portable carp hatchery for carp seed production. In: Technologies on Livestock and Fisheries for Poverty Alleviation in SAARC Countries. SAARC Agricultural Information Centre, Dhaka: pp 132-135 (in 2004).

  • Portable FRP carp hatchery. In: CIFA Technologies, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR), Bhubaneswar: 22-23 (in 2004).

  • Parigamaniya (portable) FRP Carp Hatchery. In: CIFA Pradyogiks, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR), Bhubaneswar: 27-30 (in 2005) (in Hindi).

  • Portable plastic carp hatchery. In: Aquaculture Technologies for Farmers. Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi: pp 55-58 (in 2005). 

  • Portable plastic hatchery for carps. In: Fish Farming and Technologies for the North Eastern Region: Pond to Plate. Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi: 39-42 (in 2006)

  • Portable FRP carp hatchery: An aid for rural aquaculture. Proceedings International Conference on Plasticulture and Precision Farming, NCPAH, Govt. of India, November 17-21, 2005, New Delhi, India: 515-522.

  • Portable FRP carp hatchery technology: Successful adoption in India. Fishing Chimes, 28 (4): 48-52 (in 2008)

  • Portable FRP carp hatchery technology. In: Technologies developed on plastics in aquaculture, Plasticulture Research: Research Achievements During the Decade (2003-12), AICRP on Application of Plastics in Agriculture, AICRP Coordinating Unit, CIPHET, Ludhiana: p 47.

  • As per the communication (F.No.NFDB/Z-II/CIFA/IAP/PFRP-03/2013-14/1348 Dated 28/10/2013) received from the National Fisheries Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, Hyderabad the FRP Carp Hatchery Technology became a Technology for the whole nation.

    FRP Carp Hatchery in India (as on 31 December, 2014

Organizations Number of Units
ICAR Institutes including their KVKs 55
SAU/ CU/ Univ./ Colleges including their KVKs 63
State Fisheries Departments 45
NAIP - CIFA for installation in Sambalpur, Keonjhar & Mayurbhanj Districts of Odisha 12
DBT- CIFA for installation in Keonjhar, Kendrapada, Nayagarh & Mayurbhanj Districts of Odisha 12
TSP - CIFA for installation in tribal communities of India 11
NEH - CIFA for installation in 8 NEHR States of India 68
APA – CIFA for installation in Khordha District 3
Corporates/ NGOs including their KVKs 17
Farmers 4
Total Units 290
No of States in the country : 26