'Inland fish culture a solution to farmers woes'

It is imperative for farmers to take up alternative jobs, along with farming to increase their income, said Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU) Administrative Board Member Monappa Karkera inaugurating the ‘Small tank and pond fish culture’ workshop at Fisheries College on Monday.

Advising farmers to focus on pisciculture, piggery, apiary, poultry farming etc, Karkera said that these jobs help farmers to become financially stable.

“In Dakshina Kannada many focus on sea fishing and very less interest is taken in Inland fishing. If farmers put a bit of effort it can help in a big way, especially during rainy season when sea fishing is prohibited, said Fisheries Department Assistant Director Parshwanath.

There are many natural resources like small ponds and lakes available to people in Dakshina Kannada district. “If people think of putting these natural resource to best of its use, then they can make huge profits,” said Fisheries College Dean K M Shankar. Assistant Director Information Department Rohini K spoke.

The two day training will include sessions on topics such as, ‘small tank and pond fishing- an introduction’, ‘Inland Fishing and selection of fish’, ‘preparation of ponds and tanks for Inland fishing’, ‘mixed fish culture’, ‘preparation of food and its use for fish culture’, ‘quality of water in fish breeding’, ‘comprehensive fish culture’ and ‘marketing fish cultured by farmers’.

More than 45 people from different parts of Karnataka took part in the workshop.

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