Budgam district has registered a production of 1034.83 quintals of carp fish and 3817.16 quintals of trout fish in 2015-16. Besides, 96910 carp fish seeds and 62450 trout fish seeds were hatched during the period in the district, an official statement said.
The fisheries department in the department is presently producing trout fish at three units located at Khag, Beerwah and Basant Wudar Khan Sahib. Of these, the pond at Khag has vast capacity to produce high quality trout. "The unit at Khag is also being used for raising seed stocking to next level so that these seeds could be distributed in the micro fish units," it said.
Giving further details, it said the construction of modern Trout Rearing Unit at Surisyar Chadoora is in full swing. "The indoor facility for trout fish rearing is being created at Beeru Tehsil under Centrally Sponsored Scheme RUVY.
"The district has tremendous potential of fish farming and the efforts are afoot to identify the feasible locations to establish more fish ponds to give further boost to fish production in district.
"In other parts of the district, the department has also invited private players participation wherein the interested parties would be provided requisite financial assistance and technical support from the department in establishing own fish farms.
"The department would extend financial and technical assistance in terms of loan and subsidy and guidance to fish farmers, besides health cover and accidental insurance would also be provided to them and their family members to instil confidence in them.
The Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Mir Altaf Ahmad stressed the need for organizing awareness camps to sensitize people particularly educated youth about the schemes launched by the department for establishing fish rearing units.