Support for fish farming…

National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA) offers significant support to any bona-fide Bhutanese who wishes to farm fish. From conducting feasibility studies to helping to mobilize resources, the  NCA offers a wide range of support. Observations suggest that today the demand for fish in the country outweighs the domestic production in a tremendous manner; the yearly import exceeds a thousand metric tonnes while the yearly output is about 60 metric tonnes.  Therefore, the NCA believes that investment in fish farming is worthwhile, especially for the rural poor. Fish farming is essentially pro-poor because of (i) a low cost of production and  (i) a high return to investment. As per the NCA’s estimates, the cost of growing fish in a homestead fish pond for about 6 months is about Nu.30,000 while the total revenue from the sale of fish from such an undertaking is about Nu.55,000, thus earning the farmer a net profit of about Nu.25, 000. What makes fish farming a very suitable alternative source of income for the rural poor is the ease with which it can be undertaken; Fish farming is like the by-the-way chores that we perform daily along with our important activities, requiring the expense of no intense energy and other forms of resources. For example, farmers can even grow their fish on kitchen left over for the entire culture period and still make some profit, not to mention have enough food on their dinner tables. In this way, there are several advantages associated with farming fish.

For more information, please contact us at 06-251128/06/251200. You may also write to us at

Welcome to the NCA’s website…

This is a government website, owned and operated by National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA), an organization under Department of Livestock (DoL), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Royal Government of Bhutan. The NCA has the following mandates:

1. Develop freshwater aquaculture as a means of securing food and enhancing livelihood by the rural populace of the kingdom.

2. Develop other livelihood securing and employment generating aquaculture activities (Eg. Ornamental Fishery).

3. Engage, as a collaborator, in any other activities related to production or utilization of aqua-commodities, cultured or natural, including their import and export.

4. Contribute directly to the preservation of the natural aquatic environmental integrity.

5. Contribute directly to the conservation of the endangered Golden Mahaseer (Tor putitora).

The NCA develops aquaculture in Sarpang, Tsirang, Dagana, Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Chhukha, Samtse, Zhemgang and Trongsa. The centre is also in the process of establishing a Golden Mahaseer Conservation Centre on its premises and toward this, technologies to breed the Golden Mahaseer are actively being researched. The NCA is located in Gelephu under Sarpang Dzongkhag.

The NCA has a sub-unit called Regional Centre for Aquaculture (RCA) located in Phuentshothang (Bhangtar), Samdrupjongkhar Dzongkhag. The RCA, with the NCA’s guidance and support, develops aquaculture in the eastern Dzongkhags of Samdrupjongkhar, Pemagatshel, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse and Mongar.

For more information about NCA/ RCA and their responsibilities, please call: +975-6-251128, +975-6-251200, +975-6-251190, or please write to us at


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