Fishery department directed to increase fish production from existing leased ponds in Greater Noida
“Total area is 286.062 hectare. So total of annual fish production in district calculates to 15,730 quintal”.noida Updated: Jul 15, 2017 21:52 IST
The district fishery department has been directed not to issue lease of new ponds for fish culture and instead put thrust on increasing the fish production from existing leased ponds, officials said. The district produces around 15,730 quintal fish annually.
“Production can be doubled by providing proper facilities at ponds. As per new directions we are not identifying any new ponds. Existing fish farmers have been directed to device modern techniques and increase fish production,” said Ajay Kumar Bana, chief executive officer district fisheries department.
Bana said that average fish production in district is 55 quintal per year per hectare while there are total of 324 ponds for fish cultivation.
“Total area is 286.062 hectare. So total of annual fish production in district calculates to 15,730 quintal,”he said.
“Fish seed production unit is planned in the district.Presently we are procuring fish seed from outside the district. Rate of fish seed is around Rs 100 for 1,000 seeds,” he said.
He said a fish seed production unit in the district itself will help farmers to increase the produce and reduce mortality of fish seed during transportation.
“Presently 10 to 25 % fish seed dies in transportation,”said Bijendra Singh, a fish farmer.
“With good quality feed, improved water quality and good quality of seed can increase the fish production from ponds.One fish farmer by using these techniques has produced 53 quintal fish in a year from just 1.5 acre plot,”said Rizvan Khan, another farmer.