Cat­fish pro­duc­tion sees a boost

The Pyongyang Times - - The Pyongyang Times - By Cha My­ong Chol PT

Ev­ery pond of the spa­cious Py­ongyang Cat­fish Farm is teem­ing with cat­fish.

An av­er­age fish weighs 1-1.5 kg with the big­gest ones well over 3 kg.

The farm mass-pro­duces cat­fish on an in­ten­sive and industrial way.

It uses the waste wa­ter from the East Py­ongyang Ther­mal Power Sta­tion to en­sure a year­round fish rais­ing un­af­fected by sea­sons.

As part of the ef­forts to put fish farm­ing on a sci­en­tific ba­sis, the farm has ap­plied a new breed­ing tech­nol­ogy to cut the growth pe­riod and boost pro­duc­tiv­ity.

While a mod­ern­iza­tion project has been pushed in re­cent years, the in­cu­ba­tion ca­pac­ity has been built up to pro­duce fry 1.5 times over the pre­vi­ous year.

The pro­vi­sion qual­ity com­pound feed short­ens the growth pe­riod, and the im­proved method of mix­ing the feed and in­creased do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion of feed ad­di­tives re­sult in a re­duc­tion in feed unit.

Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures are fully main­tained by the warm waste wa­ter from the power sta­tion, the au­to­matic heat­ing sys­tem

of and so­lar heaters. Wa­ter qual­ity is mon­i­tored in a sci­en­tific man­ner.

Thanks to the in­tro­duc­tion of an ad­vanced breed­ing method, each pond, 100 in to­tal, pro­duces an av­er­age 15 to 17 tons.

The pro­duc­tion cy­cle has been al­most halved as com­pared to the past, whereas the out­put has in­creased over twice to at least a thou­sand tons.

The pro­duced cat­fish is be­ing sup­plied to or­phan­age fa­cil­i­ties, old peo­ple’s home and cater­ing ser­vices.

Em­ploy­ees gather a big haul at the Py­ongyang Cat­fish Farm.

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