Samdrupjongkhar farmers trained in advanced fish production
The National Research Centre for Aquaculture (NRCA), Gelegphu recently conducted five day training course on advanced fish production technology for 14 farmers, comprising of 3 female and 11 male participants from Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag. The training was conducted from 17th – 22nd October, 2017 at NRCA. The participants, who were among the most progressive farmers, were lead by Mr. Changchung, Fisheries Focal Person of Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag. The training was funded by Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Samdrup Jongkhar.
During the course of training, the farmers were particularly trained on the important aspects of fish farming, particularly the followings:
a) Pre-stocking management: The farmers were explained on importance of drying, liming and fertilization of the fish ponds. During the interaction, it was noted that most of the farmers were not aware about the importance of liming and fertilization and also about the dosage. The farmers were also made to realize the importance of plankton development in pond ecosystem prior to the release of fingerlings. A practical class on pre-stocking management was also arranged, involving cleaning of fish pond, liming, and fertilization. The farmers were made to calculate the area of the pond, accordingly determine the requirement of lime and manure; and apply as they were taught during theory class.
b) Stocking management: Concept of polyculture was explained to the farmers with importance of stocking density and species combination as they greatly affect the fish production. In addition, farmers were informed about the stunted fingerlings and its advantages over ordinary fingerlings, including the season during which the advanced fingerlings will be available at NRCA. After learning the advantages, most expressed their desire to adopt fish farming with advanced fingerlings. The farmers were also given practical demonstration on acclimatization of fish prior to their release in fish ponds.
c) Post stocking management: With regard to post stocking management, the farmers were taught on the importance of supplementary feeding and regular manuring. More emphasis was given in maintenance of optimum of productivity through application of manures, as this is most critical part in enhancing the productivity level of fish pond. Practical demonstration on usage of Secchi disc and application of elbow method for determination of planktonic productivity in fish pond was also demonstrated. In addition, they were also taught on djustment of regular manuring on basis of result from Secchi disc and elbow method reading. During interaction, two cases of fish mortality in ponds were associated with excessive fertilization, and the dosage applied was around 10-17 folds than what is required normally. The farmers, was also given practical training on drag netting of fish and formulation and feeding of fish feed. Harvesting methods such as partial and complete harvesting was also explained and were also taught about post harvest handling of fish.
d) Record keeping: As record keeping is very important part of any commercial venture, farmers were given ideas management of investment records and determination of unit cost of production and selling price.
On final day of training, as per the farmer’s comments, it was noted that the training proved to be useful in enhancing their skills and knowledge on fish farming. They were also eager to implement the newly acquired techniques in fish farming as soon as they reach their home. A day long field visit was also arranged to National Poultry Research Centre (NPRC), Sarpang; Agriculture Research and Development Centre (ARDC), Bhur; Integrated Fish cum Piggery Farm at Sisty, Sarpang and Southern Seedling, a private farm at Bhur.
Fish farmers engaged in drag netting of fish pond
Gopal Prasad Khannal,
LPO, NRCA, Gelephu
National Research Centre for Aquaculture (NRCA), Gelephu under the Department of Livestock (DoL) under Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) is pleased to shortlist the following candidates for the following posts as detailed below:
Note: Though the interview is supposed to be held on 18th August, 2016, the interview date has been postponed to 22nd August, 2016 due to unavoidable reasons. Therefore, the shortlisted candidates are requested to report for the Selection Interview as scheduled below, failing which the selection will not be entertained. The selection interview shall start from 9.00 AM sharp on 22nd August, 2016. The following documents must be produced in original during the time of interview:
1. Citizenship Identity Card (CID);
2. Medical Fitness Certificate for those who have submitted duplicate copy;
3. No objection Certificate if employed (if any);
4. No Objection Certificate (Security Clearance) for those who have submitted duplicate copy.
|Sl.No.||Name||CID. No.||Interview Date||Interview Venue||Reporting time|
|1||Sonam Lhendup||10702000187||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|2||Dilip Kumar Chhetri||11306002017||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|3||Tek Bdr. Chhetri||21306000261||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|4||Melam Dorji||11512001019||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|5||Kinley Penjor||10709001120||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|6||Jar singh Ghalley||11306001739||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|7||Tshewang Norbu||11608001437||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|8||Choki Dorji||11302001536||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|9||Tashi Chophel||21306000510||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|10||Premlal Maidhaley||11307000393||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|11||Mon Bdr. Subba||21307000031||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|12||Karma Thinley||11002001765||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|13||Phub Dorji||11302003779||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|14||Dawa Tshering||11312001820||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|15||Tenzin Dorji||10608002001||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|16||Kelzang||11704000694||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|17||Kinley Zam||11002001748||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|18||Cheki Wangmo||11107000789||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|19||Sangay Choden||10706002047||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|20||Sonam Choki||11101001898||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|21||Nidup Zangmo||10705001572||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|22||Phub Dema||11807000028||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|23||Deki Lhamo||11807000031||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|24||Rinzin Lhamo||12008002061||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|25||Sonam Youden||11315002261||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|26||Amit Rai||11803000294||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
Shortlisted candidate for the post of Elementary Service Personnel’s (ESP’s) National Research Centre for Aquaculture (NRCA), Gelephu.
Shortlisted candidate for the post of General Service Personnel’s (GSP’s) at National Research Centre for Aquaculture (NRCA), Gelephu.
|Sl.No.||Name||CID. No.||Interview Date||Interview Venue||Reporting Time|
|1||Nar Bdr. Rai||11301001279||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|2||Jit Bdr. Dhal||11809001217||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|3||Choki Dema||10706002044||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|4||Nar. Bdr. Ghimery||11306001863||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
|5||Jigme Loday||11801001735||22nd August, 2016||Conference hall of NRCA||8.30 AM|
As per the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) and Department of Livestock (DoL) approved standard for recruitment of GSP’s and ESP’s vide letter numbered RCSC/HRMD/7/2016/3082 dated 24th March, 2016 and NCA/8/DEPT/2015-2016/47 dated 25th March, 2016 respectively, National Centre for Aquaculture Research (NCAR), Gelephu is pleased to announce the following vacancies for following posts.
|Sl.No.||Name of Post||Category||No. of Post||Age Limit (Years)||Sex||Place of Posting|
|1||Wet Sweeper||GSP||1||18-50||Male||NCAR, Gelephu|
|2||Night Guard||ESP||1||18-50||Male||NCAR, Gelephu|
|3||Day Guard||ESP||1||18-50||Male||NCAR, Gelephu|
|4||Fishery Attendant||ESP||21||18-50||Male/ Female||NCAR, Gelephu|
The following documents should be submitted at the time of submission of applications.
- Valid security clearance (Online approved status).
- Valid Medical Fitness Certificate.
- RCSC employment form (Annexure 4/1) with passport size photograph.
- Copy of Citizenship Identity Card.
- No Objection Certificate from employer, if employed.
Kindly note the following schedules:
- Date of short listing: 12th August, 2016
- Date of Interview: 18th August, 2016
- Interview Venue: Conference Hall of NCAR, Gelephu
Interested candidates may kindly apply to the Program Director, NCAR, Gelephu on or before 11th August, 2016 at 11.00 AM. Only short listed candidates will be called for the selection interview. The candidates those who have submitted the documents earlier need not have to submit again. For further clarification please contact +97506251200 during office hours.
Administrative Officer, NCAR, Gelephu
Illegal capture of fish from Punatshangchhu and its tributaries is prevalent practice and such activity is likely to have negative impact on the native fishes of Bhutan which has been already being subjected to various threats from anthropogenic activities such as hydropower development, road construction, sand mining etc. Thus, to discourage harvest of wild fish stocks in the river basins of Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang, National Centre for Aquaculture is supporting the establishment of fish farms by farmers in these Dzongkhags. The NCA being the primary agency responsible for development of fish farming in Bhutan, upon instruction and support from DoL established three carp farms at Punakha in 2015. All the farms have been stocked with fishes and are currently operational. To initiate similar activity in Wangdue Phordang, 11 farmers were sensitized on the concept of the activity and also various supports available from NCA/DoL. They were also briefly educated on various aspects of fish farming.
The NCA will execute the follow up activities pertaining to initiation of fish farming at Wangdue and further promotion of fish farming in Punakha during fiscal year 2016-2017. The concept of the activity is primarily aimed to conserve the native fish species through initiation of carp farming so that the locally produced farmed fish can substitute and reduce harvest of wild fish. Such initiatives will also provide means of employment for riverside communities. Considering the approach of the activity which will directly contribute towards conservation of native fish species, NCAR, Gelegphu under the guidance and support of DoL is exploring possibilities to secure funds from various donor agencies. To this a project proposal to adopt and replicate the similar concept along other major Riverine system has already been developed and submitted to Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC).
Gopal Prasad Khanal
Livestock Production Officer
The National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA), Gelegphu under guidance and support of Department of Livestock (DoL) during the recent years has been engaged in several developments and initiatives to further enhance the efficient service delivery in field of carp fishery. One among such activity is an attempt to further reinforce the gene bank of carp brooders within its farm premises. These brooders are be used for propagation and production of fingerlings. The fingerlings will then be distributed to various fish farming dzongkhags. Quality of carp brooder within gene bank is very much essential as the quality of the progenies are greatly associated with the genotypic and phenotypic characters of the brooders used for the propagation. Thus, in order to develop well-organized gene bank of the cultivable carp the following activities has already been executed:
- The centre has procured 500,000 nos. of fertilized ova of Tata scaly carp a strain of common carp from Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (HAKI), Szarvas, Hungary under the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NARIC). The strain has been preferred as it is easy for propagation when compared to other strains of common carp developed by HAKI. The fertilized ova have successfully been incubated and hatched into hatchlings and they have currently attained the size of fry. The fries will be further reared until they attain sexual maturity and become ready for first propagation. The activity has been supported with funding from EU-RNR-SSP and RGoB budgets
- Similarly, to reinforce the gene bank of catla, rohu and mrigal which are collectively known as Indian major carp, new batch of fishes of various size groups has been already introduced into the system. As part of the program 96 nos. of catla, 117 nos. of rohu and 164 nos. of mrigal has been imported from fish farm at Bijini, Assam, India. The activity has been supported through GoI funding under livestock support program.
The above species were identified for reinforcement of gene bank as the preference of common carp is very high among the Bhutanese farmers considering its high adaptability and tolerance to varied environmental conditions and faster growth rate. Similarly, in the recent years the preference of stunted fingerlings of Indian major carp is becoming popular among the farmers considering its faster growth, high survival rate and very minimum rearing loss.
The imported fishes namely catla, rohu, mrigal and common carp are currently maintained within quarantine facility of NCA and will be further reared until they attains the age of first sexual maturity which is likely to take 18-24 months depending upon the age of individuals at the time of procurement. In order to further maintain proper history of the brooders and to assess the quality of the progeny from the parents, the centre plans to tag the fish with passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags once the fish attains sexual maturity so to easily identify the source and year class of the brooders. Such program in long run is aimed at establishing an efficient fish breeding program at NCA, Gelegphu. The centre will also explore opportunities to reinforce grass carp gene bank in coming years.
(Gopal Prasad Khanal)
Livestock Production Officer