Letter To the Editor
Need new policy for fish farming
Cage culture, a new form of fish farming, is expanding in flowing water of rivers and canals in various parts of the country. This is raising hopes for an increased production of fish. Fishes, mostly tilapia, are now farmed in nearly 6,000 cages in rivers where such farming did not exist even a decade ago.
The practice, under which fishes are grown in mesh enclosures, has expanded as farmers have found it to be profitable because of the scope to grow a higher quantity of fishes in cages compared to ponds.
Now it's time for the fisheries and livestock ministry to work to frame a policy on cage culture in inland water, which remains untapped despite the huge potential to augment production of fish.
The aim of the policy should be to ensure organised expansion of the cage-based farming not to hinder their ongoing farming. Policy should be pro-farming and pro environment.