NALBARI, May 4 � Two new hybrid varieties of fish � Jayanti rohu and Hungarian carp are likely to hit the fish market in the State soon to meet the increasing demand for fish.
While the Jayanti rohu is cultured at various places of the State, the Hungarian carp is exclusively cultured at the fish farm of Devajit Barman of Nankar Bhaira in Nalbari district.
Devajit brought the spawn of the Hungarian carp with the help of a scientist of the Gauhati University .
Meanwhile, the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) in Bhubaneswar under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, is trying to produce Jayanti rohu in the State. It is also taking the initiative to produce seeds of hybrid Jayanti rohu in the State.
To meet the increasing demand for fish in the State, CIFA is also encouraging the farmers to culture hybrid Jayanti rohu, which grows twice as fast as the local variety rohu. It selected the fish farm of Devajit Barman as the breeding ground for Jayanti rohu.
When this correspondent recently visited the breeding farm of Barman, he found that the latter managed to achieve more than 50 per cent growth for the hybrid variey than the local variety rohu.
Barman said he would be starting seed production in his hatchery for the first time in the State. If the seed of this variety becomes available locally, it will increase the culture of Jayanti rohu.
Referring to the Hungarian carp brought from Hungary at the initiative of Dr Umesh Ch Goswami of GU, Devajit said this fish variety is commercially viable for its quick growth.