J&K government is to boost fish production and for this purpose it has approved 176 cr rupees project.
The project includes introducing species diversity in aquaculture through research and development (R&D). The UT government recognizes that a limited variety of aquaculture species is a challenge to the sector, and aims to address this through R&D. The programme will develop and introduce new species of fish for aquaculture, which will not only enhance the variety of fish available for farming, but also reduce the risks of inbreeding depression.
To commercialize trout/carp fish production, modern technologies like RAS/Biofloc will be introduced at a large scale. These technologies will ensure that the fish are raised in a controlled and optimal environment, which will increase their growth rate and size. RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System) technology involves the reuse of water by removing waste and re-oxygenating the water, making it a more sustainable and eco-friendly option for fish farming. Biofloc technology is a culture system that involves the conversion of waste into protein-rich feed for fish, which reduces the cost of feed ingredients and promotes sustainable fish farming. The Technical Programme aims to revolutionize fish farming in the UT of J&K with ambitious targets for fisheries development. The program seeks to increase annual trout production by 2.5 times, from 1,663 to 4,000 tonnes, and add an additional 1,200 tonnes of carps every year. By doing so, the program intends to convert the current import of around 5,000 tonnes of fish from other regions into local commerce, generating 6,050 jobs and 150 enterprises. The program also aims to boost the growth rate of the fish sector from 3.28% to 40%, and increase revenue from INR 105.55 crores to INR 589 crores per year.