Kashmir Indepth

Officials of Kokernag fisheries farm receive appreciation for sending 5 lakh trout ova to 3 states for rearing

KINS Correspondent
Srinagar Feb 05 (KINS): The officials of Kokernag fisheries farm have received appreciation from ICAR Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research for sending 5 lakh trout ova to various states in India for rearing.
Last month, 5 lakh trout ova were dispatched from Kokernag fisheries farm in South Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Uttarakhand for rearing
In a letter written by ICAR Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research has thanked authorities of fisheries department Kashmir for providing them 5 lakh eyed-ova of rainbow trout on payment basis. 
“These eyed-ova have been supplied to the states of Arunchal Pradesh and Nagaland for the promotion of trout farming under NEH activities of this institution. The consignment has reached safely to the respective destinations in these states and performing well,” the letter reads, a copy of which lies with news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).
At least 70 lakh eggs have been obtained from Trout fish at Kokernag fisheries farm this season and would generate huge revenue to Fisheries Department.
Known for its natural beauty, Kashmir has the distinction of having Asia’s largest fisheries farm in Kokernag.
The farm is emerging best producer of Rainbow Trout fish across the world. 
Chief Project Officer at Kokernag trout fisheries farm, Mohammad Muzaffar Bazaz, said that 500,000 trout ova were dispatched from the farm to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Bhimtal in Uttarakhand.
Bazaz said the farm is known worldwide for its production.
“Rainbow trout is cold water fish and should have temperatures between 0 to 20 degree Celsius. It is rich in protein and boosts immunity. The revenue and production increase with each year,” he told news agency KINS.
Every year between November and February, eggs are obtained from Trout fish in this farm. It has a breeding period of 51 days. After then fish are given feed first in tanks then taken to water reservoirs before taking them to sale centres.
The project is managed by the local officials who are technically knowhow about trout seed production.
Syed Manzoor is the supervisor of the farm, who has well expertise in rearing fish.
The Fisheries Department set up a trout farming project at Kokernag in south Kashmir with the European Economic Community’s assistance in 1984.
The infrastructure has been upgraded over the years and Kokernag has turned out to be Asia’s largest fish farm project.
After achieving success in breeding trout, the Department over the years has ensured that the trout which was considered as a Royal food reaches the common people in Kashmir.
The introduction of trout in Kashmir for angling is credited to a Britain Frank Mitchell. In 1899, he reared the trout in the premises of his private carpet factory at Bagh-e-Dilawar Khan, located in Shahr-e-Khas. He established the first trout hatchery at Harwan in 1901 and trained the locals. (KINS)

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