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Fisheries college bags 2 projects

Our Correspondent

MADURAI: The Fisheries College and Research Institute in Tuticorin has secured two projects amounting to Rs 31.62 lakh from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the State Government to carry out research on enhanced quality seed production and aquaculture development in the Cauvery Delta region.

According to the Dean of the institute, Dr R. Santhanam, the current practice of production of carp seeds by fish farmers in their hatcheries lacked quality and disease-resistance capacity. The new technology, which is of superior quality, involves preservation of milt collected from the breeders from different localities and will help increase yield.

Dr Santhanam said that while marine fish production has been declining, the demand has risen, leading to spiralling of prices. Fish production through aquaculture is the only viable alternative to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

With the Cauvery Delta region facing acute scarcity of water for irrigation, aquaculture development in the region has assumed greater significance. The proposed project will identify the determinants of yield variation in fish and formulate a plan for optimal fish production, he said.

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