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Jharkhand: Fish farmers count losses as waterbodies dry up May 02,2016   |  Source: The Times of India

Nagendra Mahato, a fish farmer in Ranchi district's Rahe block, is worried as ponds are drying up owing to the long dry spell. Mahato rears fish in a pond spread over an acre and his annual turnover is around Rs 1 lakh. But this time, Mahato is worried that he might not even get Rs 30,000. "I start breeding fish in June and the stock lasts till July. But this year, the pond started drying up very early and I have no option but to sell the fish," he said. Like Mahato, many fish farmers are forced to sell their fish. The director of Jharkhand State Co-operative Fisheries Federation Ltd (Jhascofish), Ashish Kumar, said, "Farmers usually sell rohu when it crosses one kg. But now they are selling the fish as soon as they are reaching 150-200 gm. Farmers from Sonahatu, Tamar and other nearby areas are coming to Ranchi markets." The fish farmers' loss has turned into consumers' gain. Now, people are getting fresh fish from Jharkhand and they do not have to buy the six-day-old fish imported from Andhra Pradesh.

Many ponds and reservoirs are drying up. The level of Button talaab, which is situated on the premises of the fisheries department and one of the main centres of fish rearing in the city, has also depleted by six feet and now only three feet water is remaining in the pond.


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