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Experts focus on Inland Saline Aquaculture

Farm and fisheries experts on Tuesday advocated for a big push inland saline aquaculture especially in the waterlogged areas of Malwa region.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 18, 2014 13:56 IST
HT Correspondent

Farm and fisheries experts on Tuesday advocated for a big push inland saline aquaculture especially in the waterlogged areas of Malwa region.

Central Institute of Fisheries Education director and vice chancellor Dr WS Lakra, speaking on the opportunities and challenges in the sector, said that Punjab with 1.09 million hectare of salt affected area has tremendous scope for inland aquaculture. He said that this land was unfit for sustainable agriculture crop besides surface-drainage system was uneconomic.

Lakra said that culture of Milk Fish was being promoted as it has tolerance to variable salinities. He said that they have been able to achieve 3750 kg per hectare production per year.

He also informed on culture of grey mullet with 1320 kg per hectare for 4 month production. Dr Lakra also focused on culture of giant freshwater prawn tiger shrimp, white shrimp, pacific white shrimp that were witnessing increase market share. He said that Punjab with 99000 tonns fish production and with highest fish productivity of 6560 kg per hectare, double than national average has ability to lead the nation.