Kohima: Commissioner & secretary, fisheries & Aquatic Resources department Senti Ao and Dr. Debajit Sharma, director ICAR- DCFR on Monday officially inaugurated the trout hatchery and raceways at Dzüleke village under Kohima district.
Dzüleke village trout hatchery project was initiated by the Nagaland State Fishery department under the technical and financial assistance of NEH activity, ICAR-Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries Research.
The trout hatchery and raceways is said to cost Rs 26 lakhs with an aim to generate income in rural areas and providing food security to the economically underprivileged population of Indian upland regions.
The special invitee Senti Ao in his speech said the initiative was a perfect example of sustainable development citing that the project has the potential and prospect to deliver.
He was optimistic that the trout farming will find wide support among the members of the community since fresh water angling was a traditional practice that supplements the food chain of village folks to a large extent. He added the topography of the village to spawn better and resilient varieties of trout will also directly aid to protect and preserve the fauna of the river system.
While appreciating villagers who have displayed positive attitude towards innovation in livelihood issues, he further appealed them to derive the maximum benefit and to make it sustainable so that the effort of the ICAR was not in vain.
Director, ICAR- DCFR Dr. Debajit Sharma in his keynote address said the trout has been introduced for the first time in the state on trail basis for seed production and farming of the trout. He informed that it was the second project in the state after Mokokchung district where Mahseer Hatchery Unit was set up at Longkong village. Around 5000 trout bought from Kashmir are being dispensed to the newly constructed raceways.
Additional director, dept of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Rongsennungba chaired the programme, dedicatory prayer offered by Dzuleke Baptist Church pastor, Letso Meyase and vote of thanks by deputy director of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Ketusielie Angami.