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10 lakh fish seed released into Kolong river

By Correspondent

RAHA , July 12 - The College of Fisheries, Assam Agricultural University, Raha celebrated the National Fish Farmers� Day on Friday with a very innovative programme.

The College conducted a �ranching�( releasing of fish seed in a natural water body like river, stream etc.) programme at Kolong river, Raha. In the programme, around 10 lakh fish seed (spawn and fry) of Indian major carps were released into the Kolong river. Rajen Gohain, MP, Nagaon parliamentary constituency participated in the programme and released the seeds. He lauded the innovative effort taken up by the College and hoped that these type of efforts would help in enhancing fish production in the natural water bodies of the State.

A meeting was also organised on the occasion on the bank of Kolong river. Dr A Chakrabarty, Director of Research (Vety), AAU, Khanapara, Guwahati, Pallabi Kachary, Circle Officer, Raha and Dhruba Das, Chairman, Raha Town Committee were also present at the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr KK Baruah, Dean, College of Fisheries, described the importance of ranching in enhancing fish production of natural water bodies to the people present on the occasion.

Arun Bora , a progressive fish farmer of Raha was also felicitated by the College at the function. Around 50 fish farmers from different villages of the Raha area were present at the event.

A scientist-farmer interaction session was also organised on the day aiming at providing solution to the problems faced by the farmers in pisciculture.

It is worth mentioning here that July 10 is celebrated as the National Fish Farmers� Day, because on that very day, two renowned fishery scientists of the country, KH Alikuhni and Hiralal Choudhury were successful in the induced breeding of a fish species Cirrhinus reba for the first time in the country in 1957.

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