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Stress on indigenous fish farming

 GUWAHATI, June 30 - The Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART), implemented by the Department of Fisheries and funded by the World Bank, is trying to promote Mola and other small indigenous fishes of Assam, which are very rich in vitamins and minerals, stated a press release.

In this connection, Dr Benny Kumar Barman, an expert from Bangladesh working with WorldFish, an international organisation with its headquarters in Malaysia, which promotes sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in many countries, shared his experiences of promoting small indigenous fishes in Bangladesh and Odisha which led to increase in production and provided nutrition to the local communities as well.

A workshop on the best management practices to be followed by fisheries was organised by the Department of Fisheries along with WorldFish on June 28 in Guwahati in which 30 fishery officials from Assam took part.

Interacting with the participants, Director of Fisheries PN Das laid stress on production of small indigenous species like Mola and Puthi in Assam.

Under APART, quality fish seed production has started in three government-run fish farms, Ulubari Fish Farm, Ulubari JB Garh Fish Farm in Nagaon and Islamabad Fish Farm in Silchar, the director stated.

Dr Jharendu Pant, WorldFish expert from Malaysia, emphasised the need for better management practices to be followed by farmers in polyculture of carps and in paddy-cum-fish integrated farming in Assam.

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