Under the National Mission for Clean Ganga, ICAR-CIFRI has established Hilsa ranching station at Farakka. For the programme, wild brood fish both males and females were collected from river Ganga at Farakka. Artificial fertilisation was carried out at ICAR-CIFRI Hilsa ranching station at Farakka. The fertilised eggs were incubated under the control condition with temperature of 26.1°C. The hatchlings with absorbed yolk sack were fed with natural plankton and artificially grown chlorella. The spawns with active swimming behaviour were packed in an oxygen container and transported to Sahibganj, Jharkhand. Simultaneously, the fertilised eggs were also packed in oxygen carrying packets and transported to the ranching site during the early morning. Both fertilised eggs and spawn were ranched at the suitable protected sites in the river Ganga at Saibganj. The programme was carried out in association with Jharkhand Eastern Gangetic Fisherman cooperative Society Limited and Department of Fisheries, Jharkhand. On the occasion, representatives from ICAR-CIFRI, JEGFCSL and DoF, Jharkhand and more than 50 fishermen were participated.
All the participants were expressed their happiness after visualizing the hilsa spawn and ranching programme. This ranching programme of hilsa spawn and fertilised eggs would not only increase the native germplasm but also help towards re-establishment Hilsa fisheries in its native habitat i.e in the middle stretch of the river Ganga, which is known to be the lost fish species after construction of Farakka barrage in River Ganga. The programme was carried out under the overall supervision of Dr. B.K.Das, Director & PI and co-ordinated by the Drs. A. K.Sahoo, D.K.Meena, S.Kumar, M. Ramteke and assisted by project research staffs.