J&K to open trout fish feed mill
The most northern state of India, Jammu and Kashmir, achieved a record all time high fish production of 19.800 tonnes, and has plans to open a first of its kind trout fish feed mill (TFFM) by April this year at an investment of Rs 10 crore (€1.5 million).
The Manasbal trout feed mill would be operational by April 2012 to boost trout production in the state and ensure availability of feed to the government and private fish farms, Minister of State for Fisheries Ajaz Ahmed Khan said.
He said the plant will be equipped with latest machinery procured from the Netherlands for which the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has provided 90% funds.
The Minister said the department is on the path of expansion and four new trout hatcheries are being added this year at a cost of Rs 30 lakh (€45,000) each. Six more hatcheries will be added next year.
He said NFDB has released an amount of Rs 2.37 crores (€355,000) during the current financial year for upgrading of infrastructure, including construction and renovation of trout hatcheries and nurseries.
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