JAMMU :-Two groups of 80 progressive fish famers of district Jammu were flagged off by Joint Director Fisheries Jammu, Mohd Qasim Lone for five day and two day exposure visit to districts Samba and district Kathua under the scheme, “Agriculture Technology Management Agency” (ATMA) for the year 2013-14.
The farmers will visit the fish farm Sangwal, Samba and National Fish Seed Farm, Kathua besides private fish ponds of various private fish farmers of both the districts. The fish farmers who were selected from about 42 panchayats of block Khour, Akhnoor, Marh, Bhalwal, R S Pura and Bishnah blocks of district Jammu will visit the National Fish Seed Farm, Kathua and will learn about the latest techniques of fish rearing about composite fish culture for getting maximum benefits out of limited space. They will also obtain knowledge about the feeding practices being adopted in semi-intensive and intensive fish farming and about Chinese hatchery where fish seed is being produced in the farm.
The fish farmers will also visit the Ranjeet Sagar Reservoir Satwain, Basohli where the departmental has recently started cage culture of the fish in the reservoir.
These exposure visits will benefit the fish farmers immensely as they will learn about the latest techniques of fish farming being adopted by the department in the National Fish Seed Farm Kathua and by the face to face interaction with the private fish farmers of other districts and on spot visits to the units of private fish farmers of these districts. This will help in increasing their technical knowledge about fish culture and hence improving their economic condition.
Under the ATMA scheme, besides these exposure visits the department in district Jammu has so far trained about 75 fish farmers during the yerar 2013-14 at Regional Fish Farmers Development Agency’s Training Centre at Ghou-Manhasan Jammu where the experts of the department has delivered technical sessions to the progressive fish farmers about latest techniques in fish farming to increase the production of fish and obtain maximum benefits from fish culture and integrating fish culture with other crops like vegetables, paddy, floriculture, horticulture and poultry.
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