Guidebook to implement Aquaculture Support…

The NCA has produced a guidebook that will facilitate the understanding and implementation of Aquaculture Support Guidelines by Livestock Officials in the country. The guide not only elaborates on the provisos of the master guidelines, but also augments it for the better. Kindly download the guidebook at the link below:

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The password for the download has been e-mailed to the appropriate agencies. If you face difficulties downloading from the link above, please write to us and we will e-mail you a soft copy.


Registration of fish producers…

Acting in accordance with the resolutions of Aquaculture Training Cum Coordination Workshop-I (ATCCW-I), the NCA and the RCA, with the support and cooperation of Dzongkhags, have successfully updated the data on Backyard Undertaking Category “B”, Semi-commercial and Commercial fish producers in the country. Subsequently, registration numbers have been assigned to the fish farms falling into each category. The registration list has been mailed to the appropriate agencies. Additional copies may be downloaded at the link below:

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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.