Train­ing pro­gramme to boost In­dian aqua­cul­ture

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EF­FORTS are un­der­way to pro­mote and ex­tend aqua­cul­ture in the North Mal­abar re­gion of In­dia, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The Hindu last month.

Ker­ala Uni­ver­sity of Fish­eries and Ocean Stud­ies (KUFOS) has al­ready be­gun ex­ten­sion ac­tiv­i­ties at its re­gional cen­tre at Payyan­nur to ex­pand aqua­cul­ture in Kan­nur and Kasaragod dis­tricts, which have po­ten­tial for fresh­wa­ter and brack­ish wa­ter aqua­cul­ture.

The cen­tre has be­gun train­ing pro­grammes for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in start­ing aqua­cul­ture ven­tures in house­holds, ponds, and open wa­ters, in­clud­ing rivers and back­wa­ters.

A one-day train­ing pro­gramme was held at Payyan­nur on June 10 by the KUFOS re­gional cen­tre and the Aqua­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment Co-oper- ative So­ci­ety for peo­ple in­ter­ested in the field.

‘The train­ing pro­gramme held to draw prospec­tive aqua­cul­ture farm­ers to the field and to give them ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about the sec­tor was at­tended by 100 peo­ple from Kan­nur, Kasaragod and Kozhikode,’ KUFOS as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor and the re­gional cen­tre’s spe­cial of­fi­cer B. Manoj Ku­mar told The Hindu .

The classes were con­ducted on fresh­wa­ter and brack­ish wa­ter aqua­cul­ture, or­na­men­tal fish cul­ture and also on sev­eral schemes of the Fish­eries De­part­ment, he said.

KUFOS is try­ing to cre­ate a farm­ers’ data­base to help prospec­tive aqua­cul­ture farm­ers and cat­e­gorise them based on the kind of aqua­cul­ture they can do.

While peo­ple from hill ar­eas can do only fresh­wa­ter aqua­cul­ture, brack­ish wa­ter aqua­cul­ture will be suit­able near the coastal area.

Dr Ku­mar said the re­gional cen­tre of KUFOS would con­duct fol­low-up train­ing.

KUFOS is also pro­mot­ing house­hold aqua­cul­ture that can be done in small land­hold­ings and small ponds.

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