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Shimla: The fishery industry is flourishing in Himachal Pradesh due to the persistent efforts of the state government, an official said here on Tuesday.

Fishery, both in the government and the private sector, is not only providing livelihood to the fishermen, but also helping to generate revenue for the state, according to a spokesperson for the fishery department.

He said schemes and efforts made by the government have increased the fish production, besides providing opportunities for self-employment.

During the last three years, 21,793 tonnes of fish valued at nearly Rs.20 lakh were produced in the state.

A total of 491.37 tonnes of table-size trout was produced from the state-run and private farms.

As a result of successful implementation of the rainbow trout farming technology, 362 trout units were established in Kullu, Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, Kinnaur and Chamba districts.

Under the Fish Farmers Development Agency program, 30.46 hectares were included in aquaculture and 29.50 hectares of old ponds were renovated, he said.

A new scheme “Mobile Fish Market” was launched under which four mobile fish market vehicles were purchased to provide fresh fish to consumers.

Trout, both brown and rainbow, are found in the Beas, Sutlej, and Ravi rivers in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh.

Being a game fish, the brown trout is also an angler’s delight.

To promote trout farming, one trout farm with an expenditure of over Rs.4 crore is being set up in Bharmour in Chamba district besides an aquarium house-cum-museum center with a total outlay of Rs.40 lakh being set up in Chamba.

Carp farms at Nalagarh in Solan district and Deoli in Una district have been modernized and expanded by spending Rs.8 crore.

The government has spent Rs.5 crore for creating 80-hectare water area in the shape of new fish ponds and 20-hectare water area in the shape of nursery ponds, the spokesperson said.

With the provision of financial support and technical knowledge, more and more people are coming forward to adopt fish farming.

A financial assistance of Rs.100,000 is being given for construction of a pond of one hectare to the youth belonging to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe while Rs.80,000 to the general category farmers under the centrally sponsored scheme.

The major fish species available in the streams of the state are trout, mahseer, and Gly PTO thorax.

Two new species — Hungarian common carp and Amoor common carp — have been imported.

Himachal Pradesh with its five rivers, numerous streams and reservoirs have a big potential for fish production, say experts.

Of the 3,000-km network of fisheries’ water resources, 600 km of cold water streams is conducive for trout farming.

The average annual production of a small fish farm is 900 kg, whereas a large farm could produce up to 3,400 kg, said a study by the Shimla-based Himachal Pradesh University’s Agro-Economic Research Centre.

(Inputs from IANS)

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A three-day horse trade-cum-exhibition was organised before the beginning of the Lavi Fair.

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Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Sunday expressed concern over the rise in drug addiction, particularly among the youth in the state, and called for concerted efforts to tackle the menace.

“Effective steps have been taken by the government and police administration, but we all need to work together in this direction,” he said at the inauguration of the centuries-old Lavi Fair in Rampur town, which was once a centre of barter trade with Tibet.

He called upon the people to promote natural farming. The state government has made a provision of Rs 25 crore to promote natural or organic farming to produce chemical-free food.

The 400-year-old Lavi Fair has undergone a sea change with the rural folk’s changing lifestyles and aspirations, resulting in a greater sale of gadgets and automobiles than traditional items such as farm implements, livestock and dry fruits.

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‘The traders from across the border have stopped coming’ Pixabay

The fair dates back to the time when Raja Kehari Singh of Rampur Bushahr state signed a treaty to promote trade with Tibet.

Rampur, 120 kilometres from state capital Shimla, was once a major trade centre as it is located on the old silk route connecting Afghanistan, Tibet and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

“People have stopped buying farm implements, horses and sheep. Now, they prefer to shop luxury goods like television sets and automobiles,” trader Ishwar Goyal told IANS.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will preside over the concluding session of the fair on November 14.

Another trader Deepak Negi said Rampur was a centre of trade before the 1962 India-China war.

The traders from Tibet used to bring raw wool, butter, herbs and leather products and bartered them for wheat, rice, farm implements and livestock.

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Rampur, 120 kilometres from state capital Shimla, was once a major trade centre as it is located on the old silk route connecting Afghanistan. Pixabay

“Now, the traders from across the border have stopped coming. Indian multinational companies come here to sell their products. The fair has largely lost its relevance,” he added.

A three-day horse trade-cum-exhibition was organised before the beginning of the Lavi Fair. The main attraction during the exhibition were the Chamurthi horses – an endangered species known as the ‘Ship Of the Cold Desert’. Being a surefooted animal, it is mainly used for transporting goods in the Himalayas.

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The Chamurthi horse traces its origin to the Tibet region. In India, it’s bred in the villages of Himachal Pradesh bordering China.

The fair sees several folk artistes from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh perform. (IANS)