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Fish Farmers Day Celebrated in India

by Ellen Hardy
11 July 2008, at 1:00am

INDIA - The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, a constituent of Indian Council of Agricultural Research celebrated National Fish Farmers Day today to mark the epoch making discovery of induced breeding of Indian major carps.

Dr Hiralal Chaudhury and Dr KH Alikunhi were accredited with this technological feat accomplished on 10 July, 1957 at the erstwhile Pond Culture Division, Cuttack, reports The Statesman. According to them, prior to this, fish farmers used to stock fish seeds collected from rivers, which was a mixture of different species including some unwanted ones, which resulted in poor fish yield.

“Induced breeding paved the way for large scale availability of desired species in desired size and quantity,” director of CIFA, Dr Ambekar E Eknath told the news agency.

Fish seed production in the country rose to 32 billion in 2006-07 from 16 billion in 2002-03.

“The mega seed project of the ICAR, which is in operation since last two years, has proved to be immensely useful in making quality fish seeds available to the farmers,” added Dr Eknath.

View The Statesman story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy