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Fish farming, a hit among farmers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, March 15, 2013
First Published: 20:15 IST(15/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:55 IST(15/3/2013)

Fish farming merited attention of both farmers and common people alike at Pashu Palan Mela (Animal Husbandry Fare) organised by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU) on its campus on Friday.

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The farmers, who have already adopted cattle farming, are taking interest in diversification of fish farming, as many farmers were seen questioning experts and students of fisheries department on fish farming. However, not only farmers, urban people were also seen collecting information on ornamental fishes.

The stall on fish farming was setup by students of fisheries department of GADVASU that sold many species of fish.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, former dean of fisheries department Kamaldeep Kaur said: "A large number of visitors visited the stall of fisheries department, and especially farmers were interested in the diversification of fish farming."

At the stall, species of culturable species of fish for the commercial fish farming and species of ornamental fishes for decorative purposes were displayed.

Kamaldeep Kaur said at present 10,000 hectare Punjab was under fish farming, and around 7,000 ponds were established in the state of which 2/3rd of the ponds were in villages while 1/3rd were owned by private owners.

"Most suitable area for fish farming in Punjab is Bathinda, Muktsar, Fazilka, Ferozpur, where water is salt affected, which is best for fish farming," she said adding that from fish farming one could earn Rs1 lakh to rs 1.25 lakh per hectare in a year.

The feed used for fish is costly, and thus farmers prepare the feed themselves, which is cheap, she said.

Species of ornamental fish was also centre of attraction at the mela. Seven spices of ornamental fish were showcased.

Stall coordinator, Vineet Inder Kang said: "Aquarium with ornamental fish is very popular among urban people, who setup aquarium at homes, hotels and offices for decorative purposes."

The cost of ornamental fish varies between Rs. 20 and Rs. 300 a pair.

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