Field demonstration of ICAR-DCFR rainbow trout grower feed at Anantnag, Kashmir

6th August, 2022, Anantnag

The ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, has formulated, validated and developed a high protein-energy rainbow trout grower feed through a series of laboratory and pilot scale experiments. To demonstrate the performance efficiency and production economics of this grower feed, an on-farm production trial was conducted at Ammadzoo village, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir from October 2021 to July 2022.

Field demonstration of ICAR-DCFR rainbow trout grower feed at Anantnag, Kashmir  Field demonstration of ICAR-DCFR rainbow trout grower feed at Anantnag, Kashmir

A field demonstration programme-cum-workshop was organised at the farm site in Anantnag to highlight and share the very significant and promising findings with the farmers and other important stakeholders today.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), ICAR, highlighted the continuous efforts of ICAR in improving the quality and efficiency of rainbow trout feed, and the role of a good feed in augmenting benefits for the farmer, consumer and environment. He also interacted with the farmers and answered their queries about the cost of feed and flesh quality considerations

Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST appreciated the efforts of ICAR-DCFR in conducting this field demonstration at Anantnag, and expressed his views on the complex interactions of feed performance with environmental parameters and fish health.

Earlier, Dr. Pramod Kumar Pandey, Director, ICAR-DCFR briefed about the main purpose and significant results of the rainbow trout feed demonstration, with respect to higher growth rate (+40%), biomass gain (+45%), feed efficiency (+31%) and economic prospects (+48% net profit).

Shri Irshad Ahmed Shah, Director, Department of Fisheries, Kashmir; and Shri Syed Naseer Ahmad, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Anantnag, graced the occasion.

The adopted farmer Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Mir, shared his experience about the major benefits of using ICAR-DCFR’s rainbow trout feed.

The programme was attended by 120 participants including farmers, professors from SKUAST, Jammu and Kashmir fisheries department officials, industry representatives and interested public.

(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal)