Agri Business

Farmers reap a bumper mussels harvest under CMFRI guidance

V Sajeev Kumar Kochi | Updated on May 29, 2019 Published on May 29, 2019

The farmers — most of them are women — started the farming in January using a structure made of bamboo with a size of five metre each width and length   -  The Hindu BusinessLine

Mussels are rich in protein, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals (calcium, iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus) and vitamins

After a major setback in the last year’s flood, farmers in Moothakunnam in Ernakulam district have had a bumper harvest of mussels under the guidance of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

Five self-help groups in the region reaped a total yield of 6.5 tonnes of mussels in as many as five farming units. The farmers — most of them are women — started the farming in January using a structure made of bamboo with a size of five metre each width and length.

The farmers, who turned into bivalve farming as an additional livelihood option, had suffered a severe loss owing to last year’s devastating flood. Their oyster farming units were completely destroyed. They were also worried that post-flood changes in the aquatic ecosystem may affect the mussel farming. But, farmers are now relieved with a good harvest this time and are hopeful of compensating the loss last time.

The farming that lasted 5 months was carried out under the guidance of the Molluscan Fisheries Division of the CMFRI. After the harvest, the produce was undergone de-puration, a scientific process of expelling contaminants from gills and guts of mussels by providing them with good purified seawater before they are used for consumption which was also developed by the CMFRI.

As there is no need for feeding, the bivalve farming is less expensive compared to fish farming. However, the initial capital to set up the farming units is the major expense of the farming.

Mussels are rich in protein, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals (calcium, iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus) and vitamins.

Published on May 29, 2019

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