Aquaculture policy for Kerala submitted

A 12-member committee has submitted a draft aquaculture policy to the government, recommending the adoption of modern technologies and participatory methods for environmentally sustainable aquaculture in Kerala.

The draft document moots the establishment of demonstration aquaculture farms, broodstock banks and live fish markets, an aquaculture crop guarantee fund to compensate farmers hit by natural calamities and Green certification for ornamental fish farming. It also recommends a leasing policy to promote aquaculture in water bodies, report The Hindu.

It also proposes zonation for aquaculture farms using remote sensing, GIS and GPS technologies and urges the government for steps to promote aquaculture as a social venture with support from the government and local bodies.

The committee also proposes the introduction of commercially valuable species and a subsidy package to promote diversification; stresses the need for quarantine facilities at major ports for import and export of ornamental fish and mobile aqua clinics for disease diagnosis and control; calls for promoting organic methods of fish farming; and highlights the relevance of integrating aquaculture with agriculture and animal husbandry.

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