The coming of age of Regional Centre for Aquaculture…

Regional Centre for Aquaculture (RCA) in Phuentshothang under Samdrupjongkhar has begun to come of age. Starting this year, the centre will rear fry to fingerlings for supplying to the fish culturists of Samdrupjongkhar, Pemagatshel, Trashigang and Mongar. For this, the RCA will collect fry from the NCA and rear them to fingerlings on its premises. With this important milestone in the country’s aquaculture program, the issues faced by the fish culturists of the Dzongkhags mentioned above will be resolved to a significant extent. For instance, the fish culturists in these Dzongkhags will now not have to undertake the trouble of travelling all the way to the NCA in Gelephu to collect their fingerlings. And by extension, this means a lowered transit mortality of the fingerlings being transported. Also, the fish culturists in these Dzongkhags can now avail support services directly from the RCA.

Aquaculture support guidelines…

In order to ensure that support to aquaculture activities is dispensed in a transparent, efficient and uniform manner, the NCA had prepared a comprehensive guidelines after carefully studying the issues faced in the field. The guidelines received the Ministry’s endorsement sometime in February 2013 and is now being implemented to develop fish farming in several Geogs of our country. The Dzongkhag Livestock Officers and the RLDC Program Directors are already in possession of the guidelines. Just in case that you still do not have a copy of it, please download it at the link below:

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The password for the download has been e-mailed to the Dzongkhag Livestock Officers and the RLDC Program Directors. Kindly retrieve it from them if you are a Livestock Extension Officer based in a Geog.

Also, the NCA is presently drafting an extension guide meant to help in understanding and interpreting the guidelines properly. Once it is complete, it will be circulated and also made available for download here.

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Production of cultivable carp seeds…

Every year National Centre for Aquaculture produces a large number of fingerlings of cultivable carps and supplies them to more than 700 farmers in Bhutan for producing table-sized fish in earthern ponds. By producing table sized fish, our farmers earn additional income, besides securing their household nutrition. In 2013, the NCA supplied 746071 fingerlings to Bhutan’s farmers. The demand for fingerlings for the 2013 culture season is expected to exceed 1 million. The centre has already begun producing the fingerlings. About 4,00,000 fry of the popular Common carp have already been produced and are being reared into fingerlings to be supplied to farmers. Presently the centre is in the process of induce-breeding the Grass carp to produce its fingerlings. Every year, the fish breeding season commences in early February and ends in August. Scheduled supply of fingerlings to the farmers commences in May and ends in September. However, depending on the farmers’ schedule, the centre supplies stunted fingerlings (when available in stock) to farmers throughout the year.

Enhanced service and inputs delivery…

At our “SUBMISSIONS” page, now you can submit your progress reports and requests for inputs and support services in a matter of a few minutes. Please use this medium to enable us to respond to your requests promptly. The file upload supports docx, doc, xls, xlsx, pdf, gif, png and jpg files. Your submissions at the page will reach the concerned units of our organization right after you click the “Submit” button and immediately thereafter we will initiate response to your request. Livestock Officials in the Dzongkhags are particularly encouraged to use this method of communicating their needs to us.

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