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Nepal: Commercial fish farming gaining popularity by Amrita Anmol May 06,2016   |  Source: Kathmandu Post

With an increasing number of farmers shifting to commercial fish farming from traditional crops, Dayanagar VDC in Rupendehi district has become one of the model villages for fish farming. Fisheries in Dayanagar started 32 years ago, but commercial farming gained momentum only after the launch of a “fisheries campaign” seven years ago. Around 550 farmers are involved in commercial fish farming in the village, producing nearly 1,000 tonnes of fish annually, according to Agriculture Development Office. Of the total fish output, 600kg is supplied to districts like Butwal, Bhairahawa, Pokhara and Kathmandu. The village records an annual transaction of about Rs250 million. A farmer earns Rs2 million by raising 100,000 fingerlings annually on an average. Fish species like silver carp, grass carp, bighead carp, rohu and naini are raised in 1,200 ponds spread on 167 hectares. Productivity stands at six tonnes per hectare. To promote and boost the sector, the farmers have formed 12 farmers groups and a cooperative named Jaldevi Fisheries Production Cooperative Association. “The agriculture development office and fisheries development centre have been supporting the farmers’ groups to produce fish on a commercial scale,” said Punya Prasad Chaudhary, president of the Fisheries


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