Fisheries dept generates Rs 4 cr annual revenue through sale of trout fish, eggs

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SRINAGAR: Minister of State for Fisheries and PHE, I&FC, Zahoor Ahmad Mir on Monday visited Trout Culture Farm Laribal Dachigam to take stock of various works undertaken by the department here.
On the occasion, the minister was briefed about the development in terms of egg production, seed capacity at the farm, sale and revenue generated through the sale of trout fish.
The minister was apprised about two-trout species, Rainbow trout and Brown trout fish being cultured at farm Laribal.
He was informed that while Rainbow Trout is cultured for commercial production and Brown Trout is for stocking at various streams for angling purpose.
The minister was informed that 4 lakh trout eggs were supplied to Sikkim from Laribal farm to meet their needs. Earlier, the seed was supplied from Kokernag farm.
According to an official handout, the production of trout has been 5.2 tons this year as compared to 4.5 tons last year besides the seed was also provided to private fish farmers and departmental units.
The department generated revenue of around Rs 4 crore through sale of trout fishes, eggs to private farms and individual customers.
The minister was further informed about the amount of work completed on the retail fish market at Lal Chowk and wholesale fish market at Tengpora. Discussions were also held to establish aquarium in district Srinagar, it added