J&K: Fisheries department sees Biofloc technology as fish farming booster

Jammu, Oct 9 (UNI) Principal Secretary to Fisheries, Animal-Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture, Horticulture and Cooperative, Navin Choudhary on Friday asked the Fisheries Department to promote Biofloc technology for boosting fish farming in potential areas of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory.
The Principal Secretary also instructed to depute the staff of all the districts for undergoing training at the private highly successful Biofloc unit at Bajalta on a rotation basis.
In view of the multiple benefits of Biofloc Technology System over conventional pond Fish culture system and to demonstrate this high yielding Intensive Fish Farming to Farmers, the biofloc technology is being introduced in J&K.
The department plans to promote the novel technology among the Farming community and unemployed youth for the adoption of the same as an income-generating Fish Farming unit.
Mr Choudhary recently visited the Hunters Ranch at Meluri Jagir, Bajalta for inspection of the Biofloc unit established in the private Sector by Colonel Sunil Singh Sambyal.
The Biofloc Technology (BFT) system has gained vital importance as an approach in aquaculture as this technology is Eco-Friendly, land and water use efficient etc.
The consumption of Biofloc by Fish has been reported to have numerous benefits such as improvement of growth rate, a decrease of FCR and associated feed cost etc. This technology has already been adopted in many states and the BFT units are reportedly running successfully.
The Principal Secretary appreciated the efforts of the Department and issued on spot Instruction to the Director Fisheries, to establish such units in the other feasible areas of the Union Territory of J&K.
The Principal Secretary also instructed to depute the staff of all the districts for undergoing training at this Biofloc unit on a rotation basis.
Government of India (GOI) has announced an economic stimulus package –Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (Self Reliant India) for Fisheries Sector to bring “Blue Revolution” through sustainable and responsible Development of Fisheries under the nomenclature Pardhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY).
It is worth mentioning here that about 17,396 professional Fishermen of the Union Territory derive their livelihood through legalized Fishing in natural water resources.


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