Pisciculture gains pace in Kolar following copious rain

Pisciculture gains pace in Kolar following copious rain

Pisciculture has gained momentum after a gap of 10 years in the district following heavy rain this year.

More than 956 families in Kolar district are dependent on pisciculture to eke out their livelihood while as many as 13,297 families have taken up it as a subsidiary occupation. Tanks and ponds in the district have filled to the brim following copious rain, providing a conducive environment for pisciculture.

There are a total of 137 tanks under the fisheries department, all owned by the minor irrigation department while zilla panchayat has 2,328 tanks under it. These water bodies have dried up owing to successive drought for over 10 years. The district was under the grip of severe water scarcity.

Though the tanks were auctioned for pisciculture, contractors suffered huge losses and ultimately distanced themselves away. As a result, the fisheries department suffered huge losses.

Now, a majority of the tanks in the district are brimming. Of the 137 tanks under the fisheries department, 113 are almost full. The department has again taken up auctioning of fishing rights in the tanks.

The department has been leasing out tanks for a period of five years. A total of 33 tanks were auctioned in the previous financial year.

However, they were unable to rear fish due to drought. Hence, it has been decided to renew the lease in their favour, free, this year.

Fish seedling rearing centres are located in Bethamangala, Markandeya reservoir and near Budikote tank. As many as 1.50 crore seedlings are required for rearing fish in the selected water bodies in the district.

It has also been planned to procure them from Shidlaghatta, Hesaraghatta near Bengaluru and other centres of the department.

The fish seedlings will be released into the tanks after the conclusion of their auction by November end.

A financial assistance of Rs 5,000 is being extended to those who obtain the lease for fishing in tanks under the minor irrigation department.

Senior assistant director of fisheries department Rajanna said that copious rain this year has triggered fishing activities across the district.

He said it had been planned to produce 1,500 tonnes of fish this year. Last year, the department earned Rs 15 lakh revenue by auction of tanks. This year, we expect a revenue of Rs 60 lakh, he added.

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