‘Summer Unrest Affected 50 Percent Sale Of Trout Fish In Kashmir’

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Srinagar: More than 50 per cent sale of Trout Fish was affected due to about six month unrest in the Kashmir valley.

Officials said that due to last summer unrest in the Kashmir Valley against the target of 85 tons, 40 tons of Trout Fish were sold last year.

However, the fisheries department expects the sale of more 10 tones in the month of March 2017, the said adding that four quintals of Trout Fish were sold on the occasion of Mahashivratri recently.

Officials said that Fish Seed Hatcheries are presently functional in three buildings at Kokernag in south Kashmir district of Anantnag and have produced 15 lakh fisher lings of Trout during the current year so far and there will be no problem of seed for next five years.

They said that the department has own Feed Mill and feed is being supplied to the Private Fish Unit holders also. There was no need of establishing Feed Mill in the State for next five years.

Officials said that Fish Seed Hatcheries for Indian Major Carps and Fresh Water Mahseer Brood Bank are also being established in the state. “The tenders for construction of two Fish Seed Hatcheries and Fresh Water Mahseer Brood Bank have  been floated and the work would be started soon after the process is completed” they said.

Construction of 67 new Fresh Water Ponds and Tanks were sanctioned for this year out of which work on 50 Ponds is apace, the officials said adding the department has also started renovation work of 200 existing Ponds at an estimated cost of Rs 1.05 crore. The work on these projects, sanctioned under Blue Revolution, is in full swing.

For strengthening Post-Harvest Infrastructure and transportation, they said that 20 Units are proposed for providing Auto Rickshaw with Ice Box at a Unit cost of Rs 2 lakh each and 1200 Units for providing of Bicycles with Ice Box at the rate of Rs 3000 per Unit. (UNI)

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