Secretary Agriculture Production Inaugurates Distribution of Improved Rainbow Trout Seed

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Srinagar, 28 June (Aman Malik-CNI): Secretary Agriculture Production Department Mrs Shabnam Kamli, (JKAS) along with Director Fisheries Mohammad Farooq Dar, (JKAS) and other senior officers of the Department inaugurated distribution of improved trout fish seed produced at Trout Fish Farming Project Kokernag.

The improved variety of Rainbow Trout seed has been produced in bulk in trout hatchery Kokernag and other hatcheries of Kashmir Valley. At the first instance 1.20 lacs of
seed is supplied today to southern districts of Kashmir Valley and Leh District of Ladakh UT. There has been 50% increase in the seed production at Trout Fish Farming Project Kokernag.

The Trout Seed demand in the private sector has increased manifold and the Department is making financial and technical interventions at many levers and levels to enhance fish seed production particularly trout production. The trout production in private sector is already established as profitable and gainful commercial and entrepreneurial activity. More than 1100 units have been established in private sector and more youth are having interface with our office websites and portals for guidance, guidelines and instructions. The Department of Fisheries is endeavouring to enhance seed production.

An estimated 51.06 lacs of green ova produced at three hatcheries in Kokernag Fish Farming Project and 3.02 lac green ova were produced at Achabal Hatchery.

Secretary Agriculture Production Department Mrs Shabnam Kamli, (JKAS) had a fruitful interaction with the fish growers and farmers present at the moment.

She laid emphasis on adopting Fisheries as a serious economic and commercial activity and asked the youth to come forward and take advantage of various schemes like PMMSY, HADP and Capex. The effective implementation of the
schemes will not only increase the productivity in the Fisheries Sector but also reduce the dependence of the youth on government and regular employments.

The range of schemes has increased and the diversity of the schemes provides for marketing facilities, processing and preservation methods. The adoption of effective
marketing, linkages, and preservation strategies would lead to supply of cheap protein supplements to the wider population and diverse methods of marketing and preservation as a trade.

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