Hands-on training of government extension officials in freshwater pond fish culture technology…

Twenty three field staff(s) from eight Dzongkhag(s) namely Chhukha, Pemagatshel, Punakha, RCA-Samdrupjongkhar, Tashigang, Tsirang, Wangdue and Zhemgang underwent second phase week long hands-on training on freshwater fish culture. The training was conducted from 10th April to 16th April, 2017 in Gelephu by the National Research Centre for Aquaculture (NRCA).

The training was conducted with the following objectives:

  • Acquaint the participants with the principles of pond fish farming;
  • Disseminate lessons on Aquaculture Best Management Practices;
  • Acquaint the participants with the fundamentals of fingerling requisitioning and species combination for polyculture;
  • Acquaint the participants with the basic techniques of conducting feasibility studies to establish fish culture systems;
  • Empower the participants with the skill necessary to guide the establishment of standard fish farm infrastructure;
  • Acquaint the participants with the procedure of requisitioning aquaculture support services;

The training intended to reinforce the technical competence of the extension officials to guide fish farmers successfully produce fish in earthen ponds. Among other things, basic knowledge and idea on fish identification techniques and fish farm management techniques were imparted to the officials. Practical sessions were also conducted on the formulation of simple fish feed using locally available ingredients, commercial feed dispensation, pond component identification and preparation, fish identification through typical taxonomical traits,  fingerling quality inspection, packaging, transporting and stocking. The participants also visited the Golden Mahaseer (Tor putitora) Conservation Centre (GMCC) to acquaint themselves with sub-tropical fish diversity that the NRCA has started to curate.The fund for the training was provided by Government of India’s Project under Department of Livestock of Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.

 For more information, please contact Mr. Drukpola and Mr. Pema Thinley at the NRCA in Gelephu.


Pema Thinley,

Assistant Manager, Research, Infrastructure and Extension Support Unit (RIESU)

National Research Centre for Aquaculture (NRCA).

Gelephu: Sarpang.




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