Kokernag offers bait to players that are private for trout farming

With Asia’s largest fisheries farm in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district emerging given that best producer of rainbow trout in the field, private farms are taking to trout rearing and finding it commercially viable

The weekend getaway of Kokernag, 22km from Anantnag, is home to Asia’s largest fisheries farm that is emerging given that best producer of rainbow trout on earth.

Spread over 20 hectares, the farm was put up 36 years back with support from the European Economic Committee. It started with a hatchery that is single has now been upgraded to 3 hatcheries who supply scores of eyed ova and seeds to beneficiaries, including private fish farmers.

Trout farming in the sector that is private introduced by the government in ’09 and has now been a success. At present, there are many more than 540 private farms rearing trout and earning their livelihood in Kokernag.

Simply the right conditions

The chief trout farming project officer at Kokernag, Mohammad Muzaffar Bazaz, says Kashmir has two types of fisheries, warm and water that is cold. “For trout culture, the temperature shouldn’t exceed 20 degrees Celsius. Brown trouts are in abundance when you look at the reaches that are upper” he says.

Being the very first fisheries postgraduate (MFSc) of Kashmir, Bazaz has a special liking for this farm and spends his entire trip to the hatcheries, raceways and streams to keep a wristwatch on the trouts. Читать далее Kokernag offers bait to players that are private for trout farming