Random rainfall ruins Rohu

By Antara Kumar

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Fish Department loses out on indigenous carps production

Bangalore, Oct 12, 2017: Production of inland indigenous carps has seen a dip due to irregular rainfall, the Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC) states.

General Manager KFDC, Sri P. M. Mudanna said, be it marine fish or inland fish, irregular and untimely rainfall affects fish farming.

Renuka Murthy, the assistant director of KFDC, noted that production of indigenous carps have been affected the most. He said, “Production of Rohu, Catla, and Mrigal are dependent on the monsoon. Due to erratic and untimely monsoon rain this year (not enough rain in July), farming of Rohu and Catla took a hit. Common carps can be produced throughout the year, but Rohu, Catla, and also Mrigal require the monsoon.”

Deputy Director of Fisheries in Bangalore, Dinesh Kayler, also noted that rainfall is a major factor when it comes to fishery.

Assistant Director of Fisheries at the Directorate of Fisheries in Bangalore, A. Puranik, stated that the seeds of exotic carps like Catla (Gibelion catla), and Rohu (Labeo rohita), account for about 40-42 per cent of the entire production. Therefore, if farming and the production of Rohu and Catla are affected even two per cent, it results in a dip in the production.

Malesh, the Marketing Manager in KFDC, Cubbon Park, stated that the demand for Rohu and Catla continues.
Puranik added that the overall production of fries (juvenile fish or baby fish) in 2015-16 was about 58.81 crores whereas there is already a dip in 2016-17 with the collective amount reaching 50 crore fries. 

Lakshman, a fish-farmer, said “We got lesser seeds of Rohu and Catla for the latest harvest. Rainfall these days can help producing new fish seeds, yes, but no production could take place in the month of July.”

Murthy stated that the demand for Rohu and Catla is ever-growing as those are the fastest growing carps. The demand is not only in the ‘Mathsyadarshini’ outlets (KFDC fish restaurants and sale outlets in Bangalore) but it stems from the demand of seeds of those carps in farming. He added the rainfall at present is of no use as there are no seeds for farming; no seeding could take place in the month of June and July.
Explaining the farming procedure, Murthy stated that the department focuses on producing six kinds of carps in total. Those varieties include- Catla, Rohu, Mrigal (Cirrhinus cirrhosus), common carps, Silver carp, and the Grass carp.

“Each kind of fish has its own appeal. But when it comes to the Rohu and Catla, they stand out as they taste really well,” a customer at the Mathsyadarshini outlet in Cubbon Park, noted.


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