Pisciculture more rewarding than traditional farming: study

INDIA - Pisciculture may not be a popular vocation among farmers in Punjab, but it offers nearly double the returns compared to popular crop combinations like wheat-paddy and wheat-cotton, says a study.</b> <br><br> Fish farming has a potential to give net returns worth Rs 37,720 per hectare, as against wheat-paddy (Rs 13,427 per hectare) and wheat-cotton (Rs 19,454), according to the the economic analysis conducted by Department of Economics of Punjab Agricultural University. <br><br> The area under fish farming has grown with annual Compounded Growth Rate (CGR) of 12.75 per cent to 8,132 hectares from 343 hectares in 1980-81, despite several problems that the sector faces, the study noted. <br><br> Fish production in the state touched 74,000 tonnes from 2,800 tonne in 1980-81 and the income from fish farming has also grown to Rs 281.66 crore from Rs 1.74 crore in 1980-81. <br><br> As a result of which, contribution of fish income to Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) at factor cost has jumped to 0.32 from 0.03 per cent. <br><br> This profession, however, faces several obstacles like lack of quality fish seed and costly feed for fish, besides diseases, lack of clientele and storage facilities. <br><br> <i>Source:</i>

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