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NET GAINS: Fishermen catching fish in the overflowing floodwaters of a tank in Chelpur village on Monday. Photo: R. Raju
NET GAINS: Fishermen catching fish in the overflowing floodwaters of a tank in Chelpur village on Monday. Photo: R. Raju

Staff Reporter

Copious catch in Karimnagar irrigation tanks

  • Fishermen used to wait for hours to get their catch
  • With lakes overflowing, it is boom time for them
  • About 900 tonnes of fingerlings will be supplied to them

    KARIMNAGAR: Torrential rain during the last week had brought the much-needed relief to the farming community, with the filling of all irrigation tanks in the entire district. Besides, the rain also brought cheer to the fishermen community, with abundant availability of fish in the tanks and lakes.

    The incessant rain had filled all the major, medium and minor irrigation projects numbering about 5,136 in the district. With all the tanks and lakes overflowing, it is boom time for the fishermen.

    Roaring business

    Earlier, the fishermen used to wait for hours together to get their catch, but now once they hurl their nets into the water, there is bountiful catch of fish. Everywhere, fishermen are doing roaring business.

    The price of fish in the local market had come down steeply with the arrival of fresh stocks.

    Deputy Director (Fisheries) Kamala told The Hindu on Monday that this year they were expecting a bumper harvest of fish and prawns in the district, thanks to the copious inflows into all irrigation tanks.

    "We are confident of crossing our target of 13,000 metric tones of fish and 300 tonnes of prawns in the district during this year."

    She said that they were taking all necessary measures for supply of about 800 to 900 tonnes fish seedlings to the fishermen. She also said that they were getting ready to release around 20 lakh fishlings into the LMD reservoir in Karimnagar town very soon.

    During the year 2004-05, the fish production was 6,831 metric tonnes and in the year 2005-06 3,671 tonnes only.


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