Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, (CIFA)


The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) is a premier research institute on freshwater aquaculture in India.

The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) is located at Kausalyaganga-10 kilometers distant from Bhubaneswar on the Bhubaneswar to Puri highway. The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture is administered by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

The infrastructure of Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture includes a large campus spread over 147 hectares. The CIFA is housed in a three storeyed building. The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture have well equipped laboratory facilities with specialization for:

  • Carps
  • Catfish
  • Prawn
  • Pearl Mussel
  • Fish breeding
  • Fish culture
  • Fish genetics
  • Fish nutrition
  • Fish physiology
  • Fish pathology
  • Soil and water chemistry
  • Aquatic microbiology
  • Weed management
  • Aquaculture engineering

    The fish farm of the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture has a total water area of 50 hectares. The water area consists of more than 500 ponds of varying sizes. The facilities at CIFA includes a carp hatchery with a production capacity of 50 million spawn. The infrastructure of CIFA also allows for a giant freshwater prawn hatchery of capacity 10 million larvae. There is a backyard hatchery for magur and Indian river prawn. The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture has extensive facilities for integrated fish farming.

    The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture has a specialized library to serve the various disciplines of freshwater aquaculture. The library has a collection of more than 2000 volumes of books related to aquaculture. The constant upgradation of knowledge is done by subscribing to 20 foreign journals and 40 Indian journals.




    SP Jain


    Last Updated on 27 July 2012



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