KARNATAKA

Take up fish production to fight crisis, farmers told

display: Karnataka Veterinary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Sciences University Vice-Chancellor R.N. Srinivas Gowda holding a common carp variety of fish during an ‘Inland fisheries field day’ in Bidar on Wednesday

display: Karnataka Veterinary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Sciences University Vice-Chancellor R.N. Srinivas Gowda holding a common carp variety of fish during an ‘Inland fisheries field day’ in Bidar on Wednesday  

Staff Correspondent

Bidar: Farmers should not depend wholly on agriculture. They should take up fish production, rearing of sheep and goats and allied activities. It will help pull them out of the present crisis, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Sciences University Vice-Chancellor R.N. Srinivas Gowda has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating an “Inland fisheries field day” in the village tank bed at Vilaspur in Bhalki taluk on Wednesday.

Farmers are facing problems such as poor production, fall in prices and lack of access to markets. Even cultivation of cash crops such as sugarcane had not solved their problems.

Many sugarcane farmers had committed suicide since they could not find market for the produce.

The solution to their problems lay in integrated farming where they would take up cultivation of crops along with animal husbandry and fisheries practices, he said.

Fish production needed only one fourth the water required for sugarcane cultivation. It had not suffered because of variations in the market in recent years. The demand for it was growing and the market for fish were not concentrated in few cities, Dr. Gowda said.

The university had released a new carp variety of fish called “Amur” that was fast-growing, disease-resistant and tasty. It would grow nearly 200 times its size in six months and its cultivation was hassle-free and cheaper. These features had made it very popular, he said. Head of the Fisheries Sciences department Y. Basavaraju too urged farmers to take up fish production. The university was taking up extension and outreach programmes to create awareness about inland fish production in north Karnataka, he said.

“We have demonstration plots in six north Karnataka districts. We will set up such plots in all the north Karnataka districts within three years,” he said.

Increased awareness about the ill-effects of cholesterol and high incidence of heart diseases, hypertension and diabetes had made people prefer fish to meat, Dr. Basavaraju said.



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